Myanmar telecoms prepared for entry of fourth operator

Starting this month, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), the state-owned operator whose monopolistic rights ended last year, cut its Internet charges from 7 kyat (Bt0.21) per megabyte to 6 kyat. The short message fee was also reduced to 10 kyat, the lowest in the industry. Voice call charges are only 23 kyat per minute. Ooredoo […]

MPT Lowers Internet, SMS Charges

The state-run telecom services provider Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has dropped its Swe Thahar package internet and SMS charges in the face of stiff competition from the foreign telecom operators. As of October 1, Swe Thahar internet charges were slashed from K7.5 per megabyte (MB) to K6, and MPT offered some internet packages with […]

A smartphone love affair

Myanmar’s telecom boom is helping drive the country’s economy A rapidly rising number of smartphone users has spurred the growth of Myanmar’s telecoms sector, industry players say. Sunil Kamath, vice president for South Asia at Opera Software, says there has been an overall growth of internet users in Myanmar, given the aggregated data gathered from […]

Telecom new comers promise greater connectivity

The days when a SIM card can cost as much as US$200 are totally gone following the liberalisation of the telecom industry, which welcomed two new players – Ooredoo and Telenor- into the country. Three weeks after its service launch on August 15, 2014, Ooredoo Myanmar, based in Qatar, sold one million SIM cards. Unveiling […]

MPT picks up speed in telecoms race

State-owned telco Myanma Posts and Telecommunications lost its monopoly on the telecoms market last year, joining a three-horse race with international entrants Ooredoo and Telenor. As the incumbent, MPT was first out of the starting gate. After signing a partnership with Japan’s KDDI Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation, it has quickly moved to modernise its operations […]