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 […]

After Delays, Domestic Telecoms Partners to be Announced in October

RANGOON — Burma’s communications ministry has further delayed awarding a fourth and final telecom license until mid-October, according to a ministry official, following a fiercely contested bid for the coveted permit. The government initially planned to announce the winners by the end of September, after opening the tender in July to domestic firms. The Ministry […]

Telecoms companies take on landmines

As mobile telecoms operators extend their rollout into conflict and post-conflict areas, they will come up against a formidable challenge – navigating the risk of landmines. Tower companies employed by Telenor, Ooredoo and Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) will become the first private firms to build such infrastructure in areas fought over in some of […]

Telenor mobile network opens in Dawei, Taninthayi Region

The Telenor mobile network has been made available for use in Dawei, Taninthayi Region, but not in Chin State or Rakhine State, according to the Telenor Myanmar Company. Right now, the Telenor mobile network, which has over ten million users, can be used in 12 out of the 14 regions and states in Myanmar. The […]

Swedish Firm Gets Second Multi-Million Dollar Order from IGT Myanmar

Swedish telecom infrastructure firm Flexenclosure has received its second multi-million dollar order from tower company Irrawaddy Green Towers (IGT). Flexenclosure, a designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and power management systems for the ICT industry, will provide its hybrid power solution, eSite, for 300 telecom sites for IGT around major cities in Myanmar. […]

MecTel joins the discount fray

The oft-overlooked other mobile operator has introduced a discount plan for its CDMA users. The “Shwe Myinttar” plan will allow for on-net calls at K21 per minute, off-net calls at K22 per minute, and internet at K6 for 1 megabyte. The plan is only slightly cheaper than its existing fees of K22 per minute on-net, […]

Seventeen Myanmar Firms Seek Myanmar Mobile Deal

YANGON (Reuters) – Seventeen local firms have applied to join a consortium that would operate Myanmar’s fourth mobile phone network, a Ministry of Communication and Information Technology official said yesterday. Chit Wai, a deputy permanent secretary at the ministry, said only companies which have operated for at least three months and have at least 3 […]

Telenor Slashes Call Rate amid Stiff Competition

Telenor Myanmar has announced a new reduced tariff plan amid competition from its rival telecom operators in the country. The new “Super Pwar” plan, which became available to all Telenor customers on a subscription basis from August 20, offers voice rates for all calls made between Telenor subscribers at K18 per minute, down from K25 […]

Over $1 Billion Collected in Spectrum Fees from Telecom Firms: Minister

The government has received over $1.1 billion in spectrum usage fees from foreign telecom operators Ooredoo and Telenor, deputy minister for communications and information technology U Win Than told the parliament. The deputy minister revealed the amount in his response to the question from Hlaing township representative Dr Win Myint regarding how much the government […]