Vietnamese Telecom Viettel to Invest $2bn in Myanmar Over Five Years

VIETTEL, Viet Nam’s largest mobile network operator, is expected to make US$2 billion investment in Myanmar’s telecom sector within five years, with plans to launch its service business next year, it is learnt. The Vietnamese group operates in ten countries in Asia, Africa and America, and will provide its telecommunications services for Myanmar people in […]

4 ways to boost e-commerce in Myanmar

e-Commerce industry growth will need banks and telcos to reduce service fees, provide better APIs, and simplify procedures to eliminate the hassle of payments Since 2012, foreign investors have been on a gold rush in Myanmar. GDP has climbed up steadily from US$58.68 billion in 2013, to US$64.33 billion in 2014, then US$64.87 billion in 2015. In July 2016, the new […]

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 ( 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 […]