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Digital landscape rapidly changing

Today’s smartphones can now show people what apps they use most frequently, how much time they spend on them and remind them to take a break. Moreover some mobile applications can have different settings for use by adults and children and limit applications and games by age, because many children use their parents’ phones. “Nowadays […]

Myanmar urged to elevate 5G push

AS GOVERNMENTS around the world gear up to usher in the fifth generation of wireless technology atop their digital agendas, Myanmar should follow this trend by adopting 5G as a national strategy for the next decade, a forum has heard. Jianjun Zhou, vice president of Huawei Global Carrier Business Group, said Myanmar should draw up […]

Myanmar Shoppers Spend $90,000 in 1 Hour During Alibaba’s ‘11.11’ Online Sale

The local unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group sold over $90,000 worth of goods in the first hour of its first-ever online sale aimed at Myanmar shoppers on Sunday. The local version of Alibaba’s global “11.11” online sale was conducted by Myanmar’s biggest online shopping platform, SHOP.com.mm. SHOP said in a statement that over […]

Emerging markets hold hope for smartphone shipment growth

Global smartphone shipments continued to weaken in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, according to analysts. Canalys says shipments were down 3.4%, continuing the trend from a decline of 3% in Q4 2017. Worldwide sales of smartphones recorded their first decline since 2004, in Q4 of 2017, says Gartner. Global sales of smartphones to end-users […]

Hybrid Myanmar: How A Quiet Market Could Leapfrog Traditional Data Centre Players

Political reforms, a growing economy and a speeding adoption of digital services are bringing the once isolated Myanmar out of the shadows. In the new decade, with the arrival of digital, the development of TMT infrastructure is starting to gain pace, but much work is still needed. João Marques Lima investigates. In the heart of […]

Fifth firm to list on stock exchange next week

TMH Telecom Co will commence trading on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) on January 26, YSX senior executive manager U Thet Tun Oo said. TMH Telecom will be the fifth company to list on the exchange, joining First Myanmar Investments Co, Myanmar-Thilawa SEZ Holdings, Myanmar Citizens Bank and First Private Bank. According to the YSX, […]

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. […]

Hundreds of Companies Caught in UWSA Tin Mine Supply Chain

Hundreds of companies from around the world may be using tin sourced from a mine under control of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), according to a Reuters report released yesterday. Several of the firms named in the report told The Myanmar Times they were responding to the findings. The Reuters investigation claims that several Chinese-controlled firms which source […]

Rents soar in big rush to catch up with own future

Tun Tun Naing, 26, an authorised dealer for brands like Samsung, Huawei and Sony, is riding the wave of mobile phone services that has transformed life in Myanmar since the transition from decades of military dictatorship. But it comes with a price. “Four years ago, I used to pay four lakh kyats (S$430) a month,” […]