Vietnamese Telecom Viettel to Invest $2bn in Myanmar Over Five Years

VIETTEL, Viet Nam’s largest mobile network operator, is expected to make US$2 billion investment in Myanmar’s telecom sector within five years, with plans to launch its service business next year, it is learnt. The Vietnamese group operates in ten countries in Asia, Africa and America, and will provide its telecommunications services for Myanmar people in […]

4 ways to boost e-commerce in Myanmar

e-Commerce industry growth will need banks and telcos to reduce service fees, provide better APIs, and simplify procedures to eliminate the hassle of payments Since 2012, foreign investors have been on a gold rush in Myanmar. GDP has climbed up steadily from US$58.68 billion in 2013, to US$64.33 billion in 2014, then US$64.87 billion in 2015. In July 2016, the new […]

How Investors Helped Myanmar Telecoms

In 2010, when Myanmar held historic elections that would reduce the influence of the military and put the country on a path to democratic rule, it was a country that had endured decades of isolation. Less than 3 percent of the populations had mobile phones. This lack of connectivity limited not only access to service […]

Telenor and MPT apply for spectrum auction

Telecoms companies Telenor and state-owned MPT will be among the potential bidders at a long-awaited auction for more broadband spectrum next month, while rival telco Ooredoo has decided to wait for a separate auction it expects to happen later in the year. Spectrum – the radio frequency on which communication traffic can be sent – […]

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 […]

Myanmar: 45 Million Mobile Phones And The $19 3G Smartphone – Forbes

The photo above shows a shiny new $19.44 smartphone for sale in Yangon.  When I saw this in small corner shop on Anawrahta Road near Pansodan a few weeks ago, the 23,000 kyat (at 1,183 kyat/US$1) price included one SIM card. As you can perhaps see, it’s 3G capable and has slots for two SIM […]

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,” […]

Telenor Group reports second quarter results, Myanmar growth

The Norway-based Telenor Group has reported positive second quarter results including continued growth in its mobile phone outreach in Myanmar, a country in the throws of a communication revolution after decades of military regime rule. Telenor and Ooredoo are the two main players competing in the largely virgin Myanmar market, helping everyone from farmers, to […]

Myanmar calls for rural mobile coverage

YANGON (Myanmar Eleven/ANN) – Myanmar aims to provide mobile services to about 90 per cent of the population by 2020. Although mobile penetration has reached about 90 per cent of Myanmar’s population, many rural areas are left without coverage, according to Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications. “One of the objectives in the telecoms master plan […]

Fourth telco talks hit sticking points

Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator should have applied for its licence by now, according to a proposed timeline released earlier this year by its joint-venture formation committee. But the parties involved – preferred foreign partner Viettel, government shareholder Star High Public Company Limited and local consortium Myanmar National Telecom Holding Public Limited – are still at the […]