Mobile firms splash the cash in Myanmar

OOREDOO has extended a US$2 million sponsorship to the Myanmar Football Federation and Myanmar National League for this year. Meanwhile, MPT-KDDI joint operations is sponsoring Myanmar Idol, the nation’s most popular singing contest. Recently, Telenor launched its first nationwide karaoke contest, offering the winner a prize of 200 million kyats (about Bt5.8 million) and a […] Claims Big Response on Myanmar’s First Black Friday

Local online retailer said it has racked up “unprecedented order numbers and sales figures” without releasing any actual sales figures. The Rocket Internet-backed company claimed it got “as many orders as it does in three months during the Black Friday sale.” The first ever Black Friday sales of Myanmar was launched in partnership with […]

How mobile tech is flowering in the land of ‘keepy-uppy’

U Myint Kyaw Thu says he wanted to make games since he was a five-year-old playing Nintendo. But growing up in Burma, now Myanmar, there was no internet and precious few mobile phones. So when he founded Total Gameplay Studio with his brother in 2005, he had to develop games for international buyers, sometimes living […]

Live cattle top Myawaddy export list

OF the nearly 40 billion baht (US$1.1 billion) worth of trade that passed through the Mae Sot and Myawaddy border posts last fiscal year, about 90 percent, or 36 billion baht worth, represents exports from Thailand to Myanmar, according to Thai statistics. The Thai fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Thai customs […]

Mobile phones see phenomenal growth: report

Myanmar’s mobile subscription count grew 87 percent year-on-year, to 10.7 million at end-September 2014, pushing mobile penetration to 19.9 percent, up from 12.5 percent at end-2013, according to global analyst firm Ovum in a press release on March 12. According to the latest forecast report, mobile subscriptions will grow at a 21 percent CAGR, to […]

MPT applies more pressure on Ooredoo with SIM card launch

Ooredoo is facing less demand for its SIM cards after Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) started to sell its own 1,500-kyat SIM cards on September 1. MPT’s launch has added to the criticism already faced by Ooredoo over its services. It had been assumed that Ooredoo’s call rate was cheap for in-Net calls because it […]

MPT set to announce winners of tender for high-speed Internet service

Myanma Post and Telecommunications (MPT) will announce this month the two winning bids for its tender to provide high-speed Internet service, officials from MPT said. The state-run firm had invited tenders companies to provide 20 gigabyte Internet service. Several foreign telecoms firms, including China Telecom, bid the tender. “MPT currently has Internet speed of 27 […]

Minding the IT gap

While mobile phones are quickly becoming an increasingly important aspect of Yangon’s social and business landscapes, the same cannot be said for large swathes of Myanmar’s rural regions. A survey conducted in a village in the Ayeyarwady delta earlier this month illustrates the extent of the urban-rural divide: The investigation found, for example, that none […]

Myanmar’s parliament approves telecommunications bill

Myanmar’s Union Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill to promote the country’s telecommunication sector, according to parliament sources. The telecommunications law calls for the development of the country with telecommunications technology and more participation by private sectors in developing the telecommunications sector. In the approved telecommunications bill, foreign telecom companies are allowed to operate in […]