Hanthawaddy Airport Agreement in Final Stage

RANGOON — A final concession agreement will be signed by the end of this year with the Japanese-Singapore consortium which won a tender to construct the Hanthawaddy International Airport north of Rangoon, according to a government minister. U Thant Sin Maung, Burma’s Minister for Transport and Communications, told lawmakers during the parliamentary session on Tuesday […]

Water express tender imminent

The Yangon Region government will call a tender before the end of this month for private companies interested in providing river transport services, U Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), said. The regional government’s chief minister U Phyo Min Thein announced atransport reform initiative covering roads, railways and waterways in July. The […]

Ooredoo hits half a million on 4G

Ooredoo has racked up half a million 4G users since it became the first telecoms operator to roll out fourth-generation services in Myanmar in May, and is looking forward to a planned spectrum auction that would help it expand coverage, chief executive Rene Meza told The Myanmar Times. When it launched 4G the Qatari firm said […]

Three ministries clarify undertakings in first 100 days

THE second press conference on the Union government’s undertakings in the first 100 days was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The following is the brief of the ministries present at the conference. U Tin Myint, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Ministry made efforts in anti-narcotic policing, closed cases involving […]

Bandwidth Tender Suspended Again

The tender for a 2600MHz licence has been suspended yet again due to objections from two major telco players, Ooredoo and Telenor. “We will call tender for two types of frequencies. 2600MHz will be offered first, then 1800MHz will be next. Any spectrum licence holder can apply for 2600MHz. Detailed information will be released soon,” […]

Yangon to develop river transport express system

The Yangon Region government is planning to build a river express system for passengers – part of fundamental transport reforms that government officials hope will bring a new wave of industrial goods and commuters onto the country’s waterways. Myanmar is unique in Southeast Asia in boasting waterways – primarily the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers – […]

NTT Com launches high-speed broadband in Myanmar

Japan’s NTT Communications has launched high-speed internet services for enterprises in Myanmar, starting with the Yangon area. The company has secured a network service license from Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, and has started offering the new Digi-Path Premier service in the market. The service provides dedicated, fully managed circuits from 1Mbps to connect […]

Botahtaung jetty project terminated over environmental impact

THE construction of a multi-purpose jetty on Botahtaung Pagoda road in Yangon will be terminated due to its negative impacts on the environment, Transportation and Communications Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung said yesterday at the Pyithu Hluttaw. The parliament was unanimous in accepting the proposal calling for an end to the project, with representatives […]

IWT advised to SELL — IWT considers corporatisation or privatisation to recover losses

TO cover losses stemming from the water transportation business the Ministry of Transport and Communications is considering turning its Inland Water Transport programme to do either corporatisation or privatisation, said Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung yesterday. “The Asia Development Bank has suggested two options : Either corporatisation or privatisation for […]

Seventeen Myanmar Firms Apply to Join New Mobile Network Joint-Venture

Seventeen local firms have applied to join a consortium that would operate Myanmar’s fourth mobile phone network, a Ministry of Communication and Information Technology official said. Chit Wai, a deputy permanent secretary at the ministry, said only companies which have operated for at least three months and have at least K3 billion ($2.4 million) in […]