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 […]

Myanmar’s wireless market heating up

YANGON — Competition in Myanmar’s mobile phone market is getting fierce. With sustained downward pressure on prices, the industry fears it could squeeze itself out of profitability. And things could get worse. Last July, Myanmar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said it would invite bids for a fourth mobile phone operator’s license. At first, […]

Myanmar mobile leaps along

Much talk in the telecoms market has been dedicated to the digital leapfrog: the almighty hop from legacy technology to a mobile-first future. Myanmar’s operators – state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Ooredoo and Telenor – have seen subscriber figures jump by millions over the past few years; and though coverage rates have climbed […]

Central Bank Looks to Mobile Banking to Ramp Up Financial Inclusion

RANGOON — The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) revealed on its website on Monday the official rules and regulations for mobile financial service providers (MFSPs), seen by observers as a way to reach more rural customers throughout Burma. The regulations detail the application requirements, such as how to acquire a registration certificate and pay relevant […]

Telenor CEO: Warned Myanmar on telco tax

  Norwegian multinational Telenor is cautious about the impact of a new commercial tax planned by Myanmar on the country’s millions of mobile users, its chief executive said Friday. Myanmar, one of the world’s hottest frontier markets, is launching a 5 percent tax for mobile usage effective Friday, a move that comes amid fierce competition […]

Mobile firms splash the cash in Myanmar

OOREDOO has extended a US$2 million sponsorship to the Myanmar Football Federation and Myanmar National League for this year. Meanwhile, MPT-KDDI joint operations is sponsoring Myanmar Idol, the nation’s most popular singing contest. Recently, Telenor launched its first nationwide karaoke contest, offering the winner a prize of 200 million kyats (about Bt5.8 million) and a […]

Viettel picked for fourth telecoms tie-up with military partner

Hanoi-based telecoms operator Viettel has been granted the right to negotiate with a local consortium, including a military-run partner, with a view to receiving a minority stake in a company that is likely to be awarded Myanmar’s long-anticipated fourth telecoms licence. Viettel, which is owned by Vietnam’s defence ministry, was one of seven foreign companies […]

Yoma Bank, Telenor to Invest in Mobile Payments Joint Venture

Yoma Bank and Telenor are set to invest more than $8 million each over the next year in their new mobile payments joint venture, according to a company filing. Mobile money is expected to be a growth sector as the expansion of access to mobile phone and internet services coincides with efforts to give more […]