Death of rental book stores as readers switch to smartphones

Rental book shops may be losing the battle for young customers to the pull of social media, online gaming and the vast expanse of the internet. Stores that rent out comic books and other wares say they are seeing their customers distracted by a more high-tech pastime: surfing the web on smartphones. Children used to […]

From Oscars to Tuna Cans, Tin Gets More Expensive as Mines Quit

Smartphones, cars and a prolonged mining slump are creating tighter supplies of tin, a metal used mostly as solder for electrical circuits. Demand for tin remains strong from all sorts of manufacturers, from makers of food cans and building materials to iPads and Oscar statuettes. At the same time, big exporters like Indonesia and Myanmar […]

Suu Kyi bemoans youth ‘wasting time’ online

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people “wasting time” on computer games and social networking. The veteran opposition politician, whose party will soon take power after winning landmark elections last November, made the comments in a letter to organisers of […]

Telenor Myanmar turns one

Telenor Myanmar is celebrating its first birthday, having launched its service in Mandalay one year ago. On September 27, 2014, the firm officially became Myanmar’s third mobile operator about 8 months after it got its licence by launching services in Mandalay on 70 sites. Its foreign rival, Ooredoo Myanmar, had arrived in the city several […]

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 […]

Huawei smartphone leads in Myanmar with over 50% market share

China’s Huawei Technologies, the world’s No. 2 telecom equipment maker, expects total shipments of smartphones in southeast Asia to rise 160 percent to 8 million units in 2015, boosted by strong demand in Myanmar, it said on Thursday. In the first quarter, Huawei posted a 120 percent increase in smartphone shipments in the region, one […]

Opera to help support internet accessibility in Myanmar

In Yangon, Myanmar, it’s been a few years since the military made the decision to let citizens govern themselves. The city’s infrastructure is still not well-developed, and the residents remain quite traditional. One thing that is noticeable, however, is that a lot of people use smartphones in Yangon. Opera, an active player in the global […]

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 […]

Coming soon: Myanmar Online

On the surface, the capital of Myanmar looks like a modern city with its broad roads, leafy manicured environment, high speed Wi-fi at a sprawling international convention centre, and a cavernous modern airport. But like much of the rest of Myanmar, Naypyitaw is deceptive. Government ministries scattered along the avenues, hidden behind lush greenery, may […]

Mango Media’s Rose Swe

Aye Hnin Swe, known as Rose Swe, is the managing director of Mango Media, a marketing, public relations and advertising company whose clients include Coca-Cola, Visa, Unilever and Telenor – to name but a few. The media and advertising veteran talks to Myanmar Business Weekly about her career as a female entrepreneur in a country […]