Yangon Heartz plans ‘smart city’

With Myanmar’s technology revolution in full swing, one Yangon-based ICT consultant is planning to push the boundaries further with a “smart city” project that will include a research and development centre for new technologies. Telecoms and IT solutions provider Yangon Heartz is looking for local or international partners to build the project at an estimated […]

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 […]

Telenor to Spend $75m to Expand 3G Network

Telenor Myanmar will spend $75 million to acquire greater data bandwidth for its internet services from government-run data connections. “Some regions have had difficulty with their internet connections, requiring us to improve and expand our 3G network,” said Petter Furberg, Telenor Myanmar CEO. “When people use a lot of data, customers are switching to other […]

OBG Teams Up with Kelvin Chia Yangon Ltd

UK-based publishing firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) has signed a memorandum of understanding on research with law firm Kelvin Chia Yangon Ltd to produce the Law Chapter of OBG’s country report for Myanmar in 2016. This is the third time that OBG has teamed up with Kelvin Chia to provide analysis of Myanmar’s legal framework. […]

Aruba to Bring Next-Gen Wireless Networks to Myanmar

California-based Aruba Networks, a provider of network access solutions for mobile enterprises, said it has teamed up with local firm United Distribution Solution Co Ltd to enter Myanmar’s wireless networks market. Aruba, an HP company, said it aims to work with enterprises in Myanmar to build-up and strengthen their wireless networks as it projects “explosive […]

Telecom price war intensifies

The price war in Myanmar’s telecoms industry has intensified as the two foreign players stepped up their efforts to dominate the market with cheaper internet packages. The latest battle took place on May 26 when Qatar’s Ooredoo announced that it would cut its 3G internet charge from Ks10 per MB to Ks6 for non-contract customers. […]

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 […]

Telenor absorbs commercial top-up tax

Telenor absorbs commercial top-up tax Telenor has been subsididing a 5 percent commercial tax on telecoms since its launch, according to Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg. An update to Myanmar’s commercial tax law took telecoms off a list of services exempt from the 5pc tax on April 1, according to Mr Furberg. While Telenor complied […]

Myanmar’s digital present and future

The terrain of Myanmar’s Internet has changed fundamentally within the space of a year. But amidst the commotion over the recent launches of the first international-led private mobile phone networks inside Myanmar, other significant changes have gone relatively unnoticed. In the space of a year, the size of Myanmar’s domestic Internet – the number of […]

Revo Tech Wants To Be A Leader In Myanmar’s Growing Startup Ecosystem

After years of dealing with slow and expensive broadband connections, many Myanmar Internet users finally got access to affordable 3G thanks to recent service rollouts by telecoms Telenor and Ooredoo. A Yangon-based mobile app company called Revo Tech hopes to take advantage of the country’s speedier Internet by becoming a “first mover” in its startup […]