Clash complicates 2600MHz auction

A spectrum auction scheduled for the end of March may not come off as outlined in initial plans, as the communications ministry is still weighing commentary from the telecoms industry. At the beginning of February, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) posted a consultative document about the auction of 140MHz of spectrum in […]

Convenience, security give new Myanmar ride-hailing app an edge

Ride-hailing apps are spreading throughout Asia and Myanmar is the latest country to jump on this increasingly popular bandwagon, with the planned launch of an Uber-style service. Mr Saw Myo Chit, a 33-year-old father of two, is a driver for a local company and earns about US$300 a month. However, with a two-week-old newborn and […]

Department of Rural Development invites EOI for Off-Grid – Solar PV Implementation Advisor of National Electrification Project; Delivery Date: Feb 11, 2016

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Individual Consultant Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development Department of Rural Development (DRD) Myanmar: National Electrification Project (NEP) Off-Grid – Solar PV Implementation Advisor IDA Project No. 152936 Reference No. C2-TA13 1. This Request for Expressions of Interest follows the general procurement notice for this project that appeared in […]

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 […]

Chinese investment in Myanmar’s SEZ pure business

The interests of Myanmar and its people will be the top consideration of the developers of two projects in Myanmar’s special economic zone (SEZ) in the town of Kyaukphyu, a company official told Xinhua recently. The China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) Construction company, together with four other Chinese companies and one Thai firm, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local Data Centre Receives Uptime Institute Tier III Certification

Myint & Associates Construction Company Ltd said its data centre has received US-based Uptime Institute’s Tier III certification. New York-based Uptime Institute LLC is a consortium of companies that engage in education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars for the enterprise data centre industry and for data centre professionals. It is best known for its […]

Flexenclosure Receives Multi-million Dollar Data Centre Order in Myanmar

Stockholm-based telecom infrastructure firm Flexenclosure has received a multi-million dollar data centre order from broadband service provider Burst Networks. Under the deal, Flexenclosure will deliver a customised prefabricated modular data centre, its eCentre, for Burst in Myanmar, which is considered one of the fastest growing ICT markets in the world. The eCentre will be built […]

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 […]