Telenor switches on in Kayah State with handful of cell towers

Telenor Myanmar switched on its network of 13 towers in Kayah State yesterday, as the telco works toward expanding across the country. Currently, the Norwegian firm’s Kayah State towers are clustered around its largest city Loikaw, but Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg said it is still early days for local coverage. “We are still in […]

GEMS Garden Condomium: First two towers finished

Two of the structures are now completed at GEMS Garden Condominium, according to company officials. The development, started in 2013 by Capital Development Limited, a subsidiary of the Capital Diamond Star Group conglomerate, is now planning to finish its last two towers by the end of this year and residents can move in around 2016 […]

MPT picks up speed in telecoms race

State-owned telco Myanma Posts and Telecommunications lost its monopoly on the telecoms market last year, joining a three-horse race with international entrants Ooredoo and Telenor. As the incumbent, MPT was first out of the starting gate. After signing a partnership with Japan’s KDDI Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation, it has quickly moved to modernise its operations […]

Telecoms in Myanmar: Mobile mania

On the outskirts of Bago, a scruffy town in southern Myanmar, a tall, pale Scandinavian-looking man squints up at a four-legged telecoms mast that has recently sprouted next to a mud track. He is Petter Furberg, the boss of the Burmese operations of Telenor, a Norwegian mobile-telecoms operator. He concludes that more towers will be […]

10 firms compete for IT licences

Since the enactment of the recent telecommunication bylaws, more than 10 local and foreign IT companies have applied for licences to construct towers, lay cables and provide other services, according to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The directorate of telecommunications enacted the bylaws on October 14. “More than 10 companies have applied for […]

Ooredoo near to covering all of Yangon

Ooredoo’s coverage now extends to 95 percent of Yangon city, Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Ross Cormack announced at a press conference on October 29. Though a few trouble spots still exist, the company has been working to augment coverage by putting up rooftops and towers, Mr Cormack said. “We have still work to do in Parami […]

Telenor CEO says main obstacle is telecom towers

The major obstacle Telenor Myanmar faces is installing enough telecommunication towers to reach its full capacity, its CEO, Petter Furberg, told the Myanmar Connect 2014 Forum on September 16. The forum provided a platform for each operator to discuss the challenges they face in the telecom sector. Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) general manager Khin […]

Asia’s least-developed telecom market will soon become the world’s fastest growing

Asia’s least developed telecommunications market is about to take off thanks to foreign investment and liberalized policies. Myanmar is somewhat of a technology backwater when it comes to wireless telecommunications services. Just 12.3 percent of the population has access to a basic mobile phone. The isolated southeast Asian country, which is also known as Burma […]

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 […]

Ooredoo builds 100 towers as launch looms closer

Mobile operator Ooredoo has built about 100 cell towers with hundreds more in the pipeline ahead of its expected launch in the third quarter 2014, according to CEO Ross Cormack. The Qatar-based telco expects to have about 30 percent population coverage at launch, particularly in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw but also other areas, […]