New Chief Minister of Rangoon Looks to Improve Infrastructure

RANGOON — Rangoon’s new chief minister said Monday he will focus on using local and foreign investment to ramp up the development of infrastructure in Burma’s commercial capital. A lawmaker for Hlegu Township, Phyo Min Thein was appointed Chief Minister of Rangoon by the National League for Democracy (NLD) during a divisional parliament session on Monday. […]

The Facebook election? Not quite yet

New tech is transforming Myanmar – but can it also impact on the November 8 election? While some of the country’s election candidates have made Facebook their podium, the still-low number of Myanmar people on the social media platform – estimated at barely 10 percent of the population – means politicians can only make so […]

Smartphones Bring Happiness And Headaches To Myanmar

The number of mobile subscribers in Myanmar has quickly grown in a short five years from a mere 500,000 to more than 22 million — giving Burmese a crash course in all the benefits and challenges new technology can bring. Myanmar’s low electrification rates, recurring power outages and poor Internet infrastructure mean that this growth […]

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 Analog Government Goes Digital

Yangon — Myanmar’s government is hoping to take a technological leap forward soon, by putting ministries online and in touch with the country’s increasingly Internet-savvy public. Some government ministries are going online for the first time this week. Myanmar’s government still processes its business the same way it has for decades: with massive bound ledgers […]

Myanmar internet down to crawl speed as SEA-ME-WE undersea cable goes for repair

Yangon — Burma’s Internet users should expect delays in establishing connections for a period of about one month, after a disruption occurred with the underwater fiber cable that links the country with international cable networks, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) announced on Wednesday. “Works are being carried out to repair the fault as quick as […]

Myanmar braces for mobile phone boom as Internet access trickles in

In Yangon, Myanmar, giant Samsung billboards hang overhead as dozens of handset shops line the crowded city streets and advertise the latest smartphones. Just a few years ago, you wouldn’t have seen such a sight, said Soe Nyi Nyi, a local tech entrepreneur. “There’s been a lot of changes,” he said. “There’s a lot of […]