The Unprecedented Explosion of Smartphones in Myanmar

Outside the offices of an internet startup called nexlabs, a snarl of honking cars and rickshaws grinds to a standstill on a trash-strewn street lined with crumbling buildings. Inside, though, the scene could be straight out of Silicon Valley. Programmers in t-shirts and jeans tap away at laptops beneath posters exhorting them to “Innovate” and […]

SIM sales soar as Myanmar races to catch up in telecoms

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar, long one of the world’s least connected nations in terms of telecommunications, is now racing to catch up, providing a boost to the foreign mobile companies allowed into the country last year. The number of mobile phone SIM cards in the south-east Asian country of 51 million people has shot up […]

State-Owned Telecom MPT Likely to Take Japanese Partner

YANGON — Japan’s KDDI Corp and Sumitomo Corp are likely to partner with Myanmar’s state-backed telecommunications operator to expand services in one of the world’s least-connected countries, a Sumitomo official said. Sumitomo’s deputy general manager in Myanmar, Soe Kyu, told Reuters the companies were jointly invited into “exclusive” talks about becoming the international partner of […]

Myanmar to offer additional telecom licenses

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Myanmar will offer more telecom licenses in the future to “increase competition” in the telecom sector following its groundbreaking offering of two telecom licenses this year, a top government official said, according to Indian media reports. “Awarding these telecom licenses is a priority. Since there was limited spectrum, […]