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...]

Telenor to build public tech centers

In an effort to build tech-literacy in rural markets, telecommunications company Telenor will be partnering with the Myanmar Information and Communications Technology Development office, or MIDO, to construct of several hundred tech-based community centers to serve small communities. The first of these so-called community information centers will be built in Irrawady division, Kayin State, Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Bago by the end of the year, according to a statement released by Telenor on … [Read more...]

Ooredoo, Telenor to partner with Samsung for mobile services

International telecoms operators Ooredoo and Telenor will cooperate with tech giant Samsung to provide faster mobile internet services in Myanmar. Ooredoo Myanmar and Samsung signed a memorandum of understanding last Friday offer customers a range of “Special Bundles” designed to make the most of Ooredoo’s 3G network on data-driven Samsung devices. Ooredoo’s products and services will include competitively priced voice, SMS and data bundles, high-quality SIMs, customer care and device … [Read more...]

YTP hunting for partners as private launches get close

Yatanarpon Teleport public company (YTP) is still negotiating a potential partnership with foreign firms, according to CEO U Shane Thu Aung. As one of four firms to be licensed to provide mobile coverage in Myanmar, YTP began negotiations with Thailand’s True at the end of 2013 but has since widened its discussions, he said. “We have to form a partnership with a foreign firm because of investment and technological reasons,” he told The Myanmar Times in an exclusive interview. “We are … [Read more...]

Telenor SIM cards set to arrive in September

Telenor will launch their K1500 SIM cards in September, CEO Petter Furberg announced last week. The over-the-counter sales will require no pre-registration. “The fixed-price cards will work immediately on insertion into the phone,” he said, adding that the cards would be sold to anyone producing an identification card. Mr. Furberg said “The 3G network will normally provide 700kbps to 1Mbps in peak hours, and 4-6Mbps in off-peak hours. The 2G network will normally provide 100Kbps to 150Kbps … [Read more...]

Telenor plans September launch

Norway-based telecommunications company Telenor is planning to launch its network in Myanmar in September, it announced in a June 3 news release. Telenor says it will launch the network after building 1,000 mobile phone towers, and it plans to erect up to 400 a month until it has a total of 8,000. Telenor's 3G network will provide users with maximum internet speed of 4.6Mbps with speeds expected to slow to between 700kbps and 1Mbps at peak usage times, the release said. It said Telenor … [Read more...]

Former Norway Envoy’s Telenor Move Raises Eyebrows

The May 16 announcement that Norway’s former ambassador to Myanmar, Katja Nordgaard, will soon take a position with Telenor, the majority state-owned Norwegian telecommunications firm that signed a lucrative deal with Myanmar’s government last year, has prompted concern from some quarters about the ethics of what they see as just the latest example of an economic agenda driving Oslo’s foreign policy toward Myanmar. Mark Farmaner, director of the Myanmar Campaign UK, a London-based advocacy … [Read more...]

Telenor to debut cheap SIM cards in September

Telenor will introduce its telecom service in September by selling SIM cards for Ks 1,500 (about US$1.60) apiece, company said in a press release. It will not be necessary to register in advance to buy a Telenor SIM card. Customers can buy as many SIM cards as they like as long as they can show a National Registration Card, Telenor staff said. Internet speed on the 3G network will depend on how many users are surfing in a particular area, but the lowest speed should range from 700 Kbps to … [Read more...]