NTT Com launches high-speed broadband in Myanmar

Japan’s NTT Communications has launched high-speed internet services for enterprises in Myanmar, starting with the Yangon area. The company has secured a network service license from Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, and has started offering the new Digi-Path Premier service in the market. The service provides dedicated, fully managed circuits from 1Mbps to connect […]

Foreign firms take aim at Myanmar’s 4th licence, despite risks

Seven foreign companies have submitted applications to enter Myanmar’s fast-growing telecoms market as the government moves forward on plans to award a fourth mobile licence this year. The companies, which the government did not name, are keen to take a piece of the country’s lucrative mobile segment, which has expanded from 15 million connections to […]

Carriers soup up networks as new rivals come knocking

Myanmar’s wireless market is embarking on a new chapter, now that the bulk of the country’s population is connected. Norwegian telecom company Telenor runs this cellphone shop in Yangon. The Southeast Asian nation’s mobile penetration rate has shot up from 9% at the end of 2013 to an estimated 70% or so. Auctions for new […]

New economic freedoms rouse Myanmar’s sleeping giant

Last week, Myanmar officials wore big smiles at the official launch of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. They were jubilant that, at last, the nation has its first international-standard SEZ, equipped with all the infrastructure a major business needs – electricity, water supply and port facilities. The project is a joint endeavour, and much of […]

Japanese company to build logistics centre at Thilawa

Japanese company Daizen Myanmar will soon start construction of a logistics hub in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Thilawa, which is around an hour’s drive to the south of Yangon, is to become Myanmar’s first operational SEZ. The 2,400-hectare zone is jointly owned by Myanmar and Japanese public and private sector investors. Daizen Myanmar has […]

Advancing Myanmar’s telecom infrastructure

Myanmar has come a long way in the last few years in terms of telecom penetration. Before the country embarked on the liberalisation of the telecom sector in 2013, mobile penetration was around 7 percent. Within a short two year time-span, mobile penetration has now reached more than 50pc. This represents one of the fastest-ever […]

Fourth Telco Licence in The Offing

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has invited proposals from local public companies to provide telecommunications services jointly with a foreign firm in the country. This is the fourth telecom licence being offered by the authorities after Myanmar liberalised its telecommunications sector last year by dishing out operating licences to two foreign operators […]

Sumitomo Electric Establishes Yangon Branch

Sumitomo Electric’s group company Sumitomo Electric (Thailand) Ltd has established a branch in Yangon to conduct marketing activities such as marketing research for infrastructure projects in Myanmar. Myanmar’s economy has been developing rapidly in recent years, and the country is expected to have an increasing need for infrastructure to be constructed, improved and expanded in […]

MPPE still plans filling station venture, but no date announced yet

Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise (MPPE) is to enter the petroleum distribution market, though uncertainty still surrounds the timing, officials indicated yesterday. Most state-owned petrol stations, 260 in all, were privatised in 2010 after local companies were allowed to operate the petroleum business. The MPPE still operates the few remaining state-owned stations and serves as the […]

MPT flexes in telco fray as lower rate plan announced

MPT announced new rates with its Swe Thahar plan on January 9, as the state-owned telco continues modernisation efforts against growing competition from Ooredoo and Telenor. The Swe Thahar plan changes service charges and internet costs, as well as the fees for SMS and voice calls, and will start on January 12. “Current customers can […]