Telecom Tax Delayed Until New Gov’t

Finance minister U Win Shein has presented to a union parliamentary meeting a plan to collect commercial tax on every mobile phone top-up credit starting from April 1 when the new government starts their term. The commercial tax on mobile phone users was planned to start in the current government’s term but members of the […]

Singapore Firm Acquires Stake in Myanmar Payment Company

Singapore-based payments firm fastacash has made a strategic investment in Myanmar-focused payments company, MyPAY. MyPAY, which is developing a mobile payment system, also has a strategic partnership with local social network MySQUAR, which claims to have 1.5 million user accounts. However, a fastach spokesperson told Myanmar Business Today that the firm “won’t be able to […]

Ooredoo Has Poured $1.4 Billion into Myanmar: CEO

Ooredoo Myanmar’s newly-appointed CEO Rene Meza said that the telecoms firm has invested K1.82 trillion ($1.4 billion) so far in Myanmar, making it the biggest investor in the country’s telecommunications sector. During his first meeting with the media, new CEO Rene Meza shared some business updates including investment in social and community project, network coverage […]

Swedish Firm Gets Second Multi-Million Dollar Order from IGT Myanmar

Swedish telecom infrastructure firm Flexenclosure has received its second multi-million dollar order from tower company Irrawaddy Green Towers (IGT). Flexenclosure, a designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and power management systems for the ICT industry, will provide its hybrid power solution, eSite, for 300 telecom sites for IGT around major cities in Myanmar. […]

Seventeen Myanmar Firms Apply to Join New Mobile Network Joint-Venture

Seventeen local firms have applied to join a consortium that would operate Myanmar’s fourth mobile phone network, a Ministry of Communication and Information Technology official said. Chit Wai, a deputy permanent secretary at the ministry, said only companies which have operated for at least three months and have at least K3 billion ($2.4 million) in […]

Telenor Slashes Call Rate amid Stiff Competition

Telenor Myanmar has announced a new reduced tariff plan amid competition from its rival telecom operators in the country. The new “Super Pwar” plan, which became available to all Telenor customers on a subscription basis from August 20, offers voice rates for all calls made between Telenor subscribers at K18 per minute, down from K25 […]

Aging Asia Getting Left Behind in Mobile Revolution: Telenor

While mobile internet continues to expand across Asia, a recent research by Telenor Group in four of its regional markets revealed that senior citizens are not fully receiving the benefits of connectivity. The research note, “The unconnected senior citizens of Asia”, draws upon customer data from the Norwegian telecom firm’s four out of six markets […]

Vietnam’s FPT Wins Telecoms Services Licence in Myanmar

FPT, Vietnam’s leading technology company, said it has secured a licence to provide fixed telecoms and internet services in Myanmar, becoming the first 100-percent foreign-owned firm to operate in the field there. Myanmar’s communications and technology ministry granted FPT the 15-year licence, which will also allow the Hanoi-based firm to provide telecom services on NFS […]

India’s Intex Phones Enter Myanmar Market, to be Sold Exclusively Online

Online retailer has announced the exclusive launch of two Intex smartphones, the first entry of the Indian brand into Myanmar. Aqua Life-II will be available first for pre-orders while Aqua Y2 will be only available online. Currently both the phones are up for pre-orders on the ecommerce website. Mateo Albarracin, managing director of, […]

There’s an App For That (in Myanmar)

Emerging from years of censorship to capitalize on growing demand for local apps, developers jump straight to mobile. In 2004, the same year Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates, an 18-year-old in Yangon was hard at work on Myanmar’s first smartphone app. Their lives couldn’t have been more different. While Silicon […]