Telenor uncovers child labour usage in Myanmar network build

Telenor discovered that contractors constructing its new mobile network in Myanmar have been using child labour to develop base station sites in advance of the operator's launch of commercial services in the country in September. In a presentation on Telenor's Myanmar sustainability update, the company said it found three incidents of child labour being used in the build of sites around the country, despite having implemented strict guidelines on the use of underage labour. Underage labour … [Read more...]

Myanmar: From Foreign Investment to Improvement at Home

There must have been a sigh of relief as Ooredoo, a Qatar-based telecoms company, started offering its long-awaited SIM cards to Myanmar people, who would previously pay hundreds of dollars for somewhat dysfunctional services. Telenor, another foreign telecoms licence winner, vowed to provide network coverage for 90 percent of Myanmar’s population within five years. Myanmar has never had it so good. The two foreign companies are welcomed by the government as they upgrade the country’s … [Read more...]

Yangon govt eyes space for more telecom towers

Foreign telecom operators will be permitted to rent land owned by government ministries in Yangon Region to set up transmission towers, according Aung Khin, Yangon Region’s transport minister. The regional government has set up a team with members from the Yangon City Development Committee, city development and communication departments to facilitate the process, he said. The team can availability of land plots selected by the telecom operators, Aung Khin added. Rental fees would need to … [Read more...]

Many Burmese Will Have to Wait for Ooredoo Network

YANGON — Qatari telecommunications firm Ooredoo launched its 1,500 kyat (US$1.50) SIM cards here on Saturday, ending years of waiting for affordable and fast mobile phone and Internet services—for some. Ooredoo’s official commercial launch date is Aug. 15, but SIM cards are already being sold offering limited, but free, services. Norwegian company Telenor is expected to launch competing SIM cards sometime next month. “We are providing a standard high-definition voice. That means when you … [Read more...]

Ooredoo SIM Cards Go on Limited Sale in Myanmar

YANGON — Some shops in Mandalay have already begun selling a limited number of Ooredoo SIM cards, as the Qatari company remains tight-lipped about when its mobile phone cards will go on general sale. The sale of affordable SIM cards has been hotly awaited since Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor were named as the winners of a competitive tender last year to become the first private firms to offer mobile phone services in Myanmar. The two companies enter the market alongside state-owned company … [Read more...]

Telenor will partner with INGO on ‘tele-medicine’ services

Telenor Myanmar and the non-profit health organisation Marie Stopes International announced last week that they will be partnering on an initiative to connect isolated communities with healthcare professionals via smartphone. Initially the project will be focused on young children and expectant mothers, according to a joint statement from the partners, but they plan to eventually expand the program to a wide variety of “telemedicine” projects. “The combination of their extensive healthcare … [Read more...]

Viber focuses on Myanmar market where its user base has grown exponentially in 3 years to 5 million.

I attended the media event held by Viber in Yangon this afternoon. Viber is the mobile messaging company that was bought over by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten for US$900 million early this year. The team led by Miss Crystal Lee – Viber Country Manager for Philippines showed impressive Myanmar market share figure from OnDevice’s research published in June 2014 showing: Viber 79% FB … [Read more...]

Telenor supports Wikipedia Zero

Telenor is set to provide Wikipedia Zero integration on its mobile phone networks when it launches later this year, giving people in Myanmar free access to information from the open source platform. The Norwegian telco, one of the two international firms to be granted operating licences in last year's hotly-contested government tender, intends to launch SIM card distribution in September this year. The Wikipedia Zero program allows Wikipedia content (both English and Myanmar) will be … [Read more...]

MPT, KDDI to sign operating agreement

Myanma Posts and Telecommunications and Japanese telecom firm KDDI will tomorrow sign a joint operating agreement, sources have confirmed. The long-delayed deal is part of efforts to overhaul the state operator and prepare it for new competition from both local and foreign operators, including Telenor and Ooredoo. As The Myanmar Times has previously reported, the announcement of the partnership with KDDI had been expected as far as December, but was delayed for reasons that have never been … [Read more...]

Ooredoo’s Myanmar strategy chief looks beyond voice and text

Myanmar may have one of the lowest teledensities in the world, but Nick Swierzy , chief strategy officer for Ooredoo’s Myanmar operation, is confident that advanced services – running over the operator’s all-IP network – will prove popular in a short space of time. Flagging up the likes of mobile health and money services, Swierzy told Mobile World Live there was a big opportunity to go beyond the traditional talk and text model. “We think we can get Myanmar using advanced services more … [Read more...]