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 […]

Amid transition, Myanmar’s Senior General emerges from the shadows

Like many of his generation, the head of Myanmar’s powerful military is a recent but enthusiastic convert to Facebook. On his profile background picture, the commander-in-chief gives a “thumbs up” from the cockpit of an airplane. Posts show him celebrating new year in a traditional boar tusk headdress and visiting wounded soldiers. YANGON: Like many […]

Yangon Door2Door: Food Delivery Service with a Green Vision

RANGOON — Traffic has been a common complaint among Rangoon’s residents for some years now, but some creative entrepreneurs are taking a proactive approach to ease the urban curse. Shady Ramadan, who moved to Myanmar from his native Egypt in 2010, is one of them. Ramadan founded a delivery service called Yangon Door2Door, often just […]

Netflix streams into Myanmar

Netflix – the world’s largest internet television network – has come to Myanmar as part of the firm’s expansion into 130 new countries. But slow download speeds and expensive data fees mean Myanmar’s DVD shops are not under threat from online streaming just yet. During a keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show in […]

Myanmar social media boom alters landscape of local politics

Social media went into overdrive for the last few years in Myanmar with its government leaders using Facebook to disseminate information and make announcements. YANGON: Government leaders have often used Facebook to reach out and interact with their citizens. US President Barack Obama has captured the attention of 46 million followers while Indian Prime Minister […]

Myanmar: Facebook should warn users about risks of self-expression

The Myanmar government has detained at least three people over Facebook posts it deemed offensive in the last few weeks. This crackdown on freedom of expression in the run up to the general elections is of great concern. Only the Myanmar government, and the generals’ lack of sense of humour, are to blame. Yet Facebook […]