Typewriting the future: A dying art in a changing city

The tapping of keys is a familiar sound ringing through the old downtown streets of Yangon. Mostly older typists sit on small enclaves in crumbling colonial buildings and on street corners under colourful umbrellas, their fingers a fury of precision. Using typewriters often older than themselves, they write up the likes of bonds, marriage certificates, […]

Internet ventures blooming in Myanmar

Internet startups offering such services as car-hailing and payments are attracting many consumers in this booming economy, and the sector is expected to evolve further with a smartphone boom and improving infrastructure. In the largest Myanmar city of Yangon, where traffic volume is shooting up, taxis carrying the logo of “Oway Ride” are a growing […]

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 […]

Shop.com.mm Claims Big Response on Myanmar’s First Black Friday

Local online retailer Shop.com.mm said it has racked up “unprecedented order numbers and sales figures” without releasing any actual sales figures. The Rocket Internet-backed company claimed it got “as many orders as it does in three months during the Black Friday sale.” The first ever Black Friday sales of Myanmar was launched in partnership with […]

Online Group Invests in New Recruitment Website

Internet holding company MMOne Online Group has launched a new job website, Jobnet.com.mm, in a bid to tap the rapid growth of online recruitment in the human resources and corporate sectors. The company claims that its website allows users to easily find jobs in various categories such as engineering, sales, marketing, finance or HR from […]

Ooredoo Has Poured $1.4 Billion into Myanmar: CEO

Ooredoo Myanmar’s newly-appointed CEO Rene Meza said that the telecoms firm has invested K1.82 trillion ($1.4 billion) so far in Myanmar, making it the biggest investor in the country’s telecommunications sector. During his first meeting with the media, new CEO Rene Meza shared some business updates including investment in social and community project, network coverage […]

Online Retailer Daraz Raises €50 Million

Daraz, an online retailer in Asian frontier markets, has secured €50 million ($55.9 million) in its first major financing round. The investment comes from the CDC Group – the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) focused on supporting and developing businesses in Africa and South Asia – as well as Daraz’s existing investor Asia Pacific […]

Telenor mobile network opens in Dawei, Taninthayi Region

The Telenor mobile network has been made available for use in Dawei, Taninthayi Region, but not in Chin State or Rakhine State, according to the Telenor Myanmar Company. Right now, the Telenor mobile network, which has over ten million users, can be used in 12 out of the 14 regions and states in Myanmar. The […]

Telenor Slashes Call Rate amid Stiff Competition

Telenor Myanmar has announced a new reduced tariff plan amid competition from its rival telecom operators in the country. The new “Super Pwar” plan, which became available to all Telenor customers on a subscription basis from August 20, offers voice rates for all calls made between Telenor subscribers at K18 per minute, down from K25 […]

Telenor to Spend $75m to Expand 3G Network

Telenor Myanmar will spend $75 million to acquire greater data bandwidth for its internet services from government-run data connections. “Some regions have had difficulty with their internet connections, requiring us to improve and expand our 3G network,” said Petter Furberg, Telenor Myanmar CEO. “When people use a lot of data, customers are switching to other […]