The enterprise ICT opportunity for Myanmar telcos

by Sam Deb. With Myanmar’s telecom penetration rate already above 75%, operators should focus on the enterprise segment for continued growth. In the first installment of this three-part report, we look at the growing size of Myanmar’s enterprise sector and the opportunity it presents for telcos  Until recently, operators globally were hardly interested in the […]

Oway Launches on-demand car service

With just two taps on an Android or iPhones, your personal driver will be on the way. With the launch of the Oway Ride service and mobile app, every smart phone user in Yangon can order a personal car service within seconds. The free, user-friendly mobile app is available in English and Myanmar on Google […]

Myanmar Mobile Internet Users Spend Most Time on Social Media: Opera

Myanmar’s mobile internet users spend most of their time on social networking websites, a new report shows. When it comes to social media, the majority of time spent using mobile internet is spent on Facebook, followed by Twitter, said Opera Software, the makers of the Opera Mini web browser, in its state of the mobile […]

Myanmar Becomes Eighth Country To Get Android One

Android One is Google’s effort to provide customers with compelling and affordable smartphones that still offer a stock experience. The initiative debuted in India before coming to Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Turkey. Today Google announced that Myanmar will be the next country to take part. CherryMobileOne Google is partnering with Cherry […]

Startups in Myanmar Land of temples and tech

The startup culture germinates in an unlikely place REMARKABLE views greet visitors to Phandeeyar, an open-plan office and events space which sits atop a tower block in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Its north windows frame golden pagodas and colonial mansions; to the south weather-beaten cargo ships glide up the Yangon River. The […]

Gmail now available in Burmese

SAN FRANCISCO: Google said Wednesday that Gmail is now available in Burmese, marking the 74th language for the popular email service. “As a country of 53 million, Myanmar’s recent opening-up has triggered an explosion of people coming online,” Google product manager Brian Kemler said in a blog post. “As recently as 2011, a mere 500,000 […]

Google email arrives in local language

Gmail users will now have the option to run it in Myanmar language, Google announced today. The move to extend Myanmar language support to Gmail, Google’s email service, brings the firm closer to its goal of making language a non-issue on the internet, and is one of a number of initiatives it has aimed at […]

Bindez: The search engine ‘creating Google’ for Myanmar

As Myanmar or Burma develops, so too are the technical tools its people are using. Bindez started life as a web search engine dealing with the complexities of the Burmese language, but it has developed into an app-based business because of the proliferation of mobile phones. Chief executive and co-founder of Bindez, Rahul Batra, explains […]

Myanmar search engine to launch in July

As online and mobile technology takes off, how will people search Myanmar-language content? The answer is uncertain: The country has one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world and, so far, no very good search tools. That’s why Bindez, a local start-up, is working on it. Nurtured through Project Hub’s 2013 fellowship for […]

Eric Schmidt praises Myanmar’s mobile efforts, but says North Korea hasn’t called back

Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, was at the Chinese University of Hong Kong earlier today to launch a local entrepreneurship program with the institute. As a man who believes in free and open internet to aid startups and innovation, the exec was happy to give an update on North Korea and Myanmar since he last […]