The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]

Uber and Grab are bringing Southeast Asia’s taxi on-demand war to Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s ridesharing war is spreading to a new frontier after rivals Grab and Uber revealed plans to expand into Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. Singapore-based Grab announced its launch in the country today, its first new market expansion in nearly three years, to take it to seven markets… but its U.S. rival […]

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. […]

Myanmar media outlets enter new era

After more than a year of civilian rule in Myanmar, the country’s media has started to emerge from a climate of fear and suppression. But as the country’s media sector grows rapidly, there are still challenges facing the industry in this newly opened nation now embracing modern times. “[The] Press Freedom Index’s ranking said that […]

Broadband Company to Expand Free Public Wi-Fi Network to 50 Areas of Yangon

Internet service pro­vider 5BB Broadband is planning to expand the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Yangon, aim­ing for 50 access points by the end of February. 5BB has already set up 30 access points at restau­rants, pagodas, railway stations, universities and parks around Yangon. In February, they will ex­tend that to 50 hotspots, said […]

Cash is Still King in Myanmar But Visa Gains Ground

​​ American payment technology giant Visa saw double digit growth in transactions in Myanmar in the past year, bolstering its efforts to break into a country dominated by cash. The numbers of locals using Visa’s pre-paid cards abroad increased by 80% in the period between October 2015 to September 2016 while the actual amount spent […]

Telenor Shifts Myanmar Focus to Data Services as ‘Hyper growth’ era ends

YANGON (Reuters) – Norwegian telecoms company Telenor will focus on improving data services in Myanmar, the head of the local business said on Wednesday, as an era of rapid subscriber growth following the opening up of the economy has ended. The liberalization of Myanmar’s telecoms sector has been a rare example of successful reform since […]

Hardline Myanmar monk blasts ‘dictator’ Aung San Suu Kyi

YANGON: A firebrand monk slammed Aung San Suu Kyi as a “dictator”on Wednesday (Jul 13), accusing Myanmar’s civilian-led government of trying to destroy an ultra-nationalist Buddhist group blamed for a surge in sectarian violence across the country. The attack came after the body representing Myanmar’s top monks distanced itself from the hardline Ma Ba Tha […]

Facebook racks up 10m Myanmar users

The world’s most popular social network, Facebook, has made millions of new “friends” in Myanmar over the last few years. In that time, the site has played the part of nationwide news outlet,emergency relief coordinator and community water cooler – but it has also provided a backdrop for privacy invasion and cyber bullying. The site hosts a […]

New wave of Burmese hackers behind Thai website attacks

  Burmese hackers say they have attacked Thai government websites since early January and stolen data, part of a long-running, broader campaign against those critical of Myanmar’s government. The Blink Hacker Group said in Facebook posts and in an email interview that its attacks were in retaliation for Thailand sentencing two Burmese to death for […]