Start-up competition gets going in Yangon

More than 200 people came to participate in a StartUp Challenge hosted by downtown innovation lab Phandeeyar on November 14, with entrepreneurs looking to launch businesses in e-commerce, mobile and more. The nine-day event, held in conjunction with Myanmar’s fourth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, urges budding entrepreneurs to turn brainstorms into businesses. It also gives […]

KDDI: 16 million users for MPT

The parent to MPT joint venture partner KDDI Summit Global Myanmar said Myanmar’s state operator has boosted its user base by 250 percent since the firms teamed up last July. With a 16-million-strong user base the state-owned incumbent leads Myanmar’s race for mobile users. However, with Telenor’s subscriber tally coming in at just under 12 […]

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 […]

A nation in a chrysalis

Paranoia surrounding security isn’t palpable in Yangon. Passing the immigration counter at Yangon international airport, and with it the completely unfounded fear of being deported on arrival, I reach the Telenor counter for a SIM card. I am ready with my photo and ID-proof documents, but all that the teenaged boy at the counter takes […]

How mobile tech is flowering in the land of ‘keepy-uppy’

U Myint Kyaw Thu says he wanted to make games since he was a five-year-old playing Nintendo. But growing up in Burma, now Myanmar, there was no internet and precious few mobile phones. So when he founded Total Gameplay Studio with his brother in 2005, he had to develop games for international buyers, sometimes living […]

Momolay wants to take on Facebook in Myanmar, bags funding to take a shot at it

Myanmar is not an easy place to do business. Poor infrastructure, a highly unskilled labor pool, and an outdated financial system are only some of the challenges weighing on this once military junta-controlled nation. However, many investors are willing to overlook the negatives for fear of missing out on the vast opportunities Myanmar offers. The […]

IFC to loan Ooredoo $150 million for infrastructure

The project – which has been in the works for the last few months and has involved Ooredoo’s corporate group, local management in Myanmar and the IFC – will primarily fund infrastructure development, according to Ooredoo’s new CEO, Rene Meza. The funding will mostly go toward “expansion of our existing network footprint,” he told The […]

New CEO says Ooredoo going for masses, not classes

Former Ooredoo Myanmar chief executive Ross Cormack passed the torch to his successor, Vodacom veteran Rene Meza, about one month ago, beginning a new chapter for the market’s first foreign entrant. Since launch, the company has widened its target market to focus on the masses, Mr Meza told The Myanmar Times in a recent interview. […]

Telenor Myanmar turns one

Telenor Myanmar is celebrating its first birthday, having launched its service in Mandalay one year ago. On September 27, 2014, the firm officially became Myanmar’s third mobile operator about 8 months after it got its licence by launching services in Mandalay on 70 sites. Its foreign rival, Ooredoo Myanmar, had arrived in the city several […]