Myanmar businesses slow to adapt to improvements in Internet

Our study of the Myanmar industry shows that Myanmar businesses are still lagging behind in the use of Internet technology. We studied 72 audit/accounting firms and 44 law firms in Yangon and were flabbergasted to find that 93% and 68% respectively do not have websites and 70% of them are still using Gmail. Our study […]

Myanmar’s e-revolution aids transparency, media control

In the new age of election campaigns, it wouldn’t seem surprising that the two most prominent leaders in the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and former speaker Thura Shwe Mann, include Facebook and social media in campaign strategies for general elections on November 8. But in Myanmar, it is one more symbol of the dramatic […]

MySQUAR aims for listing in London

The company behind a popular Myanmar chat application won’t wait on Yangon to launch a stock exchange to debut on the public market. MySQUAR – the Singapore-based firm behind localised chat application MyChat – has turned to the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) for its float, slated for later in 2015. The mobile […]

Line’s instant messaging software aims to take on local leader Viber

Instant messaging service Line aims to give Viber a run for its money after launching in Myanmar on March 24. The service is available on iOS and Android, and aims to woo users partly through its in-app innovations such as group chat and a range of emojis, or small graphics that can be interspersed in […]

Burma market potential lures Thai investors

Convenience and modernisation are major factors for Thai companies keen to attract Burma consumers, says market research and consulting firm Envirosell Thailand. Partnering with Index Creative Village Plc, New York-based Envirosell conducted consumer research in Burma and other Asean members. Managing director Sarinporn Jiwanun said people in Burma are shifting to modern lifestyles driven by […]

Thai firms advised to tap potential in Myanmar

. Convenience and modernisation are major factors for Thai companies keen to attract Myanmar consumers, says market research and consulting firm Envirosell Thailand. Managing director Sarinporn Jiwanun said people in Myanmar were becoming more modern, with changing lifestyles driven by technology and innovation along with new brands and fashions, all of which have made inroads […]

Viber focuses on Myanmar market where its user base has grown exponentially in 3 years to 5 million.

I attended the media event held by Viber in Yangon this afternoon. Viber is the mobile messaging company that was bought over by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten for US$900 million early this year. The team led by Miss Crystal Lee – Viber Country Manager for Philippines showed impressive Myanmar market share figure from OnDevice’s research […]

Minding the IT gap

While mobile phones are quickly becoming an increasingly important aspect of Yangon’s social and business landscapes, the same cannot be said for large swathes of Myanmar’s rural regions. A survey conducted in a village in the Ayeyarwady delta earlier this month illustrates the extent of the urban-rural divide: The investigation found, for example, that none […]

How will the entry of two telcos affect Myanmar citizens?

The awarding of two new telecom licenses is a watershed in Myanmar’s road to modernization. It is expected to bring competition and innovation to an otherwise sleepy telecom sector that has been a disappointment to the Myanmar people and a drag on the economy for many years. Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Yatanarpon will […]

What does an 80% mobile penetration in 3 years mean for the Burmese people?

President Thein Sein has set as a target to grow mobile penetration from the current single digit penetration to 80% in 3 years. What does that mean in terms of the number of mobile phone that need to be sold per year to hit the 80% target? What is the impact of the entrance of […]