Telecom new comers promise greater connectivity

The days when a SIM card can cost as much as US$200 are totally gone following the liberalisation of the telecom industry, which welcomed two new players – Ooredoo and Telenor- into the country. Three weeks after its service launch on August 15, 2014, Ooredoo Myanmar, based in Qatar, sold one million SIM cards. Unveiling […]

Unreliable networks stem cash flow at Myanmar’s ATMs

Myanmar, one of the final frontiers for the international financial system, now boasts over 2,000 automatic teller machines (ATM) and credit card services provided by global brands such as MasterCard and Visa. Yet in a country where electricity is provided in fits and spurts, and internet connection is difficult to guarantee, online banking and ATM […]

Ooredoo to Reach 30% of Myanmar’s Population Before the End of September

YANGON — Ooredoo Myanmar has announced it will make mobile phone and internet services available to 30 percent of Myanmar’s population sometime between July and September this year. Ross Cormack, CEO of the Qatari company, told the media on Sunday that the company is building up its mobile phone network and working out how it […]

Ooredoo mobile money initiative big help for Myanmar ‘unbanked’

: The announcement of Qatar’s telecom operator to launch a mobile money initiative throughout the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia (Gulf Times reported on May 6) is a big step forward for chronically “underbanked” Myanmar, where around 80% of presumably over 60mn people – currently a census is going on, the first since 1983 […]

Myanmar inks new subsea internet cable deal

At the end of March, Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) signed a contract to bring a new subsea Internet cable to Myanmar. Projected to be completed in early 2016, the cable should bring more stability to the country’s often teetering Internet connection. MPT was one of 15 signatories at the construction contract signing ceremony in […]

Private telecom companies soon to be given licenses

The government is expected to issue two private telecom licenses within the next two weeks, according to sources from Ooredoo Myanmar. This will allow both Ooredoo and Telenor, the two winners of last year’s bid to operate private telecommunication businesses in Myanmar, to begin providing mobile services. “We are preparing to work out building 3G […]

Myanmar: Global operators wooing MPT, executive says

Global telecom operators have expressed interest in working with government-owned operator Myanmar Post and Telecommunications even before its privatization, its general manager said without disclosing the names of the firms. Media reports, and industry observers, have identified Vodafone and Orange as two of the leading suitors of MPT but Kyaw Soe Win declined to confirm […]

Ooredoo eyes Myanmar network sharing with Telenor to cut cost

Ooredoo is in talks with Norway’s Telenor to share transmitter towers in Myanmar, seeking cost savings as they build networks in one of the world’s least developed telecom markets, a top executive at the Qatari firm said. Myanmar awarded the country’s first foreign-held mobile licences to the two companies in June after receiving interest from […]