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 […]

Ooredoo to Roll Out Faster 4G in ‘Most Cities’ After it Secures 1800 MHz Spectrum

Telco Ooredoo has said its 4G network could get up to twice as fast after the operator acquired two blocks of 1800 megahertz spectrum last month. Qatari-backed Ooredoo paid $80 million for 2 x 10 megahertz blocks of the 1800 megahertz spectrum band under the same terms as rival operators Telenor, MPT and Vietnamese-backed newcomer […]

Telenor Myanmar snaps up 1800MHz spectrum

Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor Myanmar has confirmed that it has purchased a twelve-year licence for a 2×10MHz block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band. The frequencies were priced at USD80 million with Telenor paying USD32 million up front, with the remainder to follow between the second and fourth year of the licence term. The cellco acquired […]

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 […]

Four firms win high frequency internet services

In order to provide nationwide high-speed internet service, and also to allow the Union to earn more tax revenue, tender bids were invited by the Ministry of Transport and Communication. To ensure fair bidding, a Simultaneous Multi-Rounds Auction (SMRA) was exercised. The auctions were held 32 times on October 17, 18 and 19 at the […]

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 […]

Burmese Tycoon Tay Za Under Scrutiny

By Jared Ferrie Myanmar tycoon Tay Za leans back and fulminates against the U.S. government as a playful pet bear cub scrambles up his alligator-skin chair. “They are world police,” he says, complaining that U.S. sanctions are stifling his businesses and officials are scrutinizing his every transaction. As Tay Za speaks, attentive staff intervene occasionally […]

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 […]