Vietnamese Telecom Viettel to Invest $2bn in Myanmar Over Five Years

VIETTEL, Viet Nam’s largest mobile network operator, is expected to make US$2 billion investment in Myanmar’s telecom sector within five years, with plans to launch its service business next year, it is learnt. The Vietnamese group operates in ten countries in Asia, Africa and America, and will provide its telecommunications services for Myanmar people in […]

Myanmar’s Strongest Ethnic Armed Group Says Drug Label ‘Not Fair’

PANGSAN, Myanmar: Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, accused by the United States of running a narco-empire that has flooded Asia with illegal drugs, has rejected the allegation, saying Washington has blacklisted its leaders for political reasons. The United Wa State Army (UWSA) boasts some 30,000 soldiers who control a secretive, China-dominated statelet the size of Belgium in the remote hills on Myanmar’s eastern border. After decades of […]

Emerging markets telecom news and analysis – Developing Telecoms

Myanmar-based broadband provider Burst Networks has ordered a multi-million dollar data centre from Flexenclosure. The Danish infrastructure specialist is delivering its eCentre solution, a customised prefabricated modular data centre. The centre will be constructed in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the outskirts of Yangon and will be the first ever Tier 4 data […]

Thailand cracks down on migrant workers as anti-immigration feelings rise

BANGKOK: Thailand is cracking down on migrant workers from neighbouring countries, saying they are “stealing jobs from Thais”, amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy stagnates. In an operation led by the Thai labour department, police and troops on Wednesday raided a fresh produce market in Bangkok and arrested 14 […]

YHT publishes new plan to rejuvenate Yangon

The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) released on September 27 its new plan to rejuvenate Yangon by conserving its heritage sites and modernising its infrastructure to make it “Asia’s most livable city”. The plan includes maps, descriptions and opinions on preserving Yangon’s heritage places and strategies for long-term development. The plan includes 24 projects, including expanding […]

Myanmar forest-cutting continues despite government efforts

PINLEBU, Myanmar (AP) — The hills of northern Myanmar’s Sagaing region were so legendarily thick with forests that in the days of kings, condemned criminals were ordered into the woods as a death sentence. Today illegal logging has left vast swaths of bare patches, with only a handful of old-growth stands. Despite a temporary ban […]

Lacoste makes Myanmar debut with Yangon Airport store

Lacoste has entered the Myanmar travel retail market with the opening of a store at Yangon Airport. The 100sq m store, located in the airport’s new Terminal 2, features Lacoste’s latest concept design. The brand said the store aims to offer a premium shopping experience to local and international travellers. Lacoste Asia Pacific Travel Retail […]

Six bids received for power project

Subscribe to our Tender Alert. We send out email alert on Tender and EOI as it happens. Ministry of Electricity and Energy has received six tender applications for the construction of a 300-megawatt power plant, according to Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise. The applications came from: a consortium of Maxpower Myanmar Pte Ltd, LNG Link Pte Ltd, Consultant International Company Pte Ltd,SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corporation, a joint venture between Indonesia, Singapore and China; the UK-based Aggreko International Projects Ltd; China Energy Engineering and China ITS Holdings Co Ltd; Singapore-based Karpowership Asia Company Pte Ltd; […]

Jade and Redwood Traders Struggle in China

China’s jade and redwood traders are seeking to diversify their business as domestic demand drops and the Myanmar’s new government tightening its grip over natural resources. “The sales of high-end gemstones have been tepid the last two years,” Kyaw Win Khaing, a Chinese-born Myanmar national who has been selling Myanmar jade in Ruili, Yunnan Province, […]

Myanmar: 45 Million Mobile Phones And The $19 3G Smartphone – Forbes

The photo above shows a shiny new $19.44 smartphone for sale in Yangon.  When I saw this in small corner shop on Anawrahta Road near Pansodan a few weeks ago, the 23,000 kyat (at 1,183 kyat/US$1) price included one SIM card. As you can perhaps see, it’s 3G capable and has slots for two SIM […]