Telenor on a building spree in Myanmar

The Norwegian-linked company Telenor wants to make sure that affordable mobile communication services reach all levels of Myanmar society, and not only targeting the high-income earners. CEO of the company, Lars Erik Tellmann, says that they plan on doing so by adopting the same sales and distribution model that was implemented in several other Asian countries. “Telenor is committed […]

Ooredoo hits half a million on 4G

Ooredoo has racked up half a million 4G users since it became the first telecoms operator to roll out fourth-generation services in Myanmar in May, and is looking forward to a planned spectrum auction that would help it expand coverage, chief executive Rene Meza told The Myanmar Times. When it launched 4G the Qatari firm said […]

Myanmar: 45 Million Mobile Phones And The $19 3G Smartphone – Forbes

The photo above shows a shiny new $19.44 smartphone for sale in Yangon.  When I saw this in small corner shop on Anawrahta Road near Pansodan a few weeks ago, the 23,000 kyat (at 1,183 kyat/US$1) price included one SIM card. As you can perhaps see, it’s 3G capable and has slots for two SIM […]

MPT sim card holders must register at sales centres under new rules

THE Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) company has issued an announcement to operators that phone sim cards have to be registered at sales centres. Phone sim cards which have not been registered will be suspended starting from March 2017. Mobile users have been instructed to register their sim before the cutoff date to avoid being […]

Myanmar calls for rural mobile coverage

YANGON (Myanmar Eleven/ANN) – Myanmar aims to provide mobile services to about 90 per cent of the population by 2020. Although mobile penetration has reached about 90 per cent of Myanmar’s population, many rural areas are left without coverage, according to Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications. “One of the objectives in the telecoms master plan […]

Fourth telco talks hit sticking points

Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator should have applied for its licence by now, according to a proposed timeline released earlier this year by its joint-venture formation committee. But the parties involved – preferred foreign partner Viettel, government shareholder Star High Public Company Limited and local consortium Myanmar National Telecom Holding Public Limited – are still at the […]

E-licence for tourism industry kicks off in Myanmar – TTG Asia

MYANMAR’S Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has, from July 1, launched an online registration portal (http://elicence.tourism.gov.mm) to facilitate permit applications and renewals for the travel and hospitality industry. At present, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism issues four kinds of licences: a hotel licence costs between 200,000 kyat (US$170) and 1.9 million kyat, based on […]

Myanmar’s mobile connectivity: Building from scratch

In 2011, only three percent of Myanmar’s 50 million populations had access to mobile phones. However, in the last five years, the country has witnessed unprecedented rise and growth in mobile usage. Since a democratically-elected government was installed in 2011, the country’s newest carriers have rapidly built infrastructure for connecting millions of new customers for […]

Ooredoo to roll out next-gen internet service

Yangon and Mandalay will see fourth-generation (4G) services before the rest of the country, as a nationwide rollout would require more spectrum, Ooredoo CEO Rene Meza told The Myanmar Times yesterday. Mobile operators in the market have said that the country’s migration to 4G hinges upon the availability of spectrum – a limited resource divided […]

Can mobile technology bring Myanmar in line with other Asean nations

Myanmar’s central bank has released additional rules on mobile financial services that lay the foundation for efficient and secure mobile financial services in Myanmar. While most of the Association of Southeastern Asian Nation (Asean) region adopts online and mobile banking, Myanmar remains almost completely cash dependent, with most salaries still paid in cash. According to […]