Myanmar telecom competition heats up with 4G push

MYANMAR’S three telecommunications operators, buoyed by the burgeoning ranks of smartphone users, have intensified their efforts to provide 4G/Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services with the sales hook of faster data connections. Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, the nation’s leading telecommunications operator, on Monday launched Myanmar’s fastest data service, dubbed LTE+, with the 1.8GHz spectrum that was recently […]

Myanmar: The New Hotbed for Satellite

The stunning landscape of Myanmar hides a tempestuous past that features its struggle for independence and eventual democracy. In 2010, the country sat on the cusp of massive change when the military junta handed over power. After 48 years of oppressive rule, a metamorphosis is occurring across the country. The daily lives of Myanmar’s 51.4 […]

Tackling Asia’s final technology frontier

Honey Mya Win didn’t have to look far to discover the tech potential for Myanmar. A 26-year-old former telecom engineer at Huawei, she was directly involved in configuring mobile phone towers and base station controllers that expanded 3G access to the once reclusive nation. “My team was actually the one connecting the country,” she said. […]

Digital ventures in Myanmar

It’s difficult to imagine a country of 62 million people today with a population at large that’s been starved of the internet. It’s just as hard to think of any state – especially one within Asia, a continent where technology is king – where mobile phone uptake is only just beginning. That is the case […]

Oredoo plans to sell 1 million handsets this year

Ooredoo Myanmar plans to sell 1 million premium handsets with a price tag starting at US$50 apiece this year, executives at the company said. It has signed agreements with HTC and Samsung to make handsets, and has a memorandum of understanding with Huawei Company for a mobile network. Than Tun Aung, a director at the […]

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 […]

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 makes its first mobile test call in Mandalay

Mobile operator Ooredoo has successfully made its first test call in Mandalay on its 3G network. The call between two handsets using an Ooredoo SIM card was made in front of the media on May 19. “We successfully tested a 3G mobile call in Mandalay. Although the construction of mobile networking in Mandalay hasn’t been […]