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 […]

Rocket Internet eyes Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan markets

Rocket Internet, the German startup-builder, has big plans for Asia. Its Asia Pacific wing – a joint venture with Qatari telecom company Ooreedo – plans to launch at least one new company per quarter in the region. Next up on Rocket’s agenda are countries not typically considered to be hotbeds for online startups: Bangladesh and […]

Japanese technology boosts telecommunication

Myanmar, which is one of the last underdeveloped telecommunication markets in Asia, lags behind its neighbours in Southeast Asia. Only few people have access to fixed telephone lines here. Since the first Internet connections were established in 2000, Internet services in Myanmar still remain slow and unstable. Faults due to construction work causes frequent connection […]

Telenor faces Vietnam’s Viettel JV challenge in Myanmar

Telenor Myanmar, saddled with mammoth task of creating infrastructure for mobile services across Myanmar, faces yet another challenge from cash-rich Viettel — Vietnam’s state-owned telecom company — moving ahead to form a joint venture with Myanmar’s Yatanarpon Teleport. Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg said the company always knew Myanmar would be challenging because it had […]