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KDDI, Sumitomo push games biz to Myanmar

Japanese mobile operator KDDI and conglomerate Sumitomo detailed plans to enter Myanmar’s fast-growing mobile gaming sector through an existing joint venture. In a statement, the operator said the pair plan to jointly operate a mobile game publishing business through FunCreate Myanmar, a subsidiary of their Singapore-based joint venture FunCreate. The businesses are assembling “a repertoire” […]

Mitsui buys stake in Singapore-Yangon undersea cable

Mitsui & Co. will invest $20 million in a Singapore company that is laying undersea communications cable to Myanmar, a project seen giving telecom-related businesses there a boost after the 2020 completion. In its first foray into seafloor cable operations, Mitsui will purchase a total 22% stake in Singapore’s Campana Group across a series of […]

KDDI Brings Japanese Telecoms Technology & Know-how to Myanmar

TOKYO, Jul 5, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – KDDI CORPORATION is implementing telecoms business operations in Myanmar, together with Sumitomo Corporation and Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT). As smartphones come into widespread use in Myanmar, demand for social networking services (SNS), video sharing services and content use is increasing. MPT has been offering LTE+ high-speed […]

Vietnamese mobile carrier enters Myanmar in foreign drive

HO CHI MINH CITY — Viettel Group, the largest mobile network operator in Vietnam, said it will launch its services in Myanmar next month. Myanmar will be Viettel’s 10th foreign market, following the launch of operations in countries including Cambodia, Laos and Mozambique. Viettel, owned by Vietnam’s Defense Ministry, said on Tuesday it had successfully […]

MPT has Myanmar’s fastest mobile speeds

Myanmar’s MPT has the fastest internet speeds among the nation’s major mobile operators, according to a new report from Ookla’s Speedtest service. An analysis of the results of user-initiated tests over the Speedtest Android and iOS mobile apps indicates that MPT had an overall speed score of 11.45 during the first half of the year. […]

Telecoms battle to unlock demand in emerging Asia

TOKYO/YANGON — In a tiny village in central Myanmar, about a two-hour drive from the nation’s second largest city Mandalay, electricity does not arrive through power lines. It comes from home generators or solar panels. But that does not stop the locals from charging their smartphones. “How many of you have a mobile phone?” the […]

Mobile Money Flourishing in Myanmar

YANGON — For a population used to carrying wads of cash stuffed in pockets, purses and wallets, mobile money has the potential in Myanmar to dislodge paper as the main means to make payments and remittances. Mobile money is a fintech service that enables money to be deposited and withdrawn using apps downloaded to mobile phones. […]

Myanmar: The New Hotbed for Satellite

The stunning landscape of Myanmar hides a tempestuous past that features its struggle for independence and eventual democracy. In 2010, the country sat on the cusp of massive change when the military junta handed over power. After 48 years of oppressive rule, a metamorphosis is occurring across the country. The daily lives of Myanmar’s 51.4 […]

Foreign investment booms in Myanmar telecoms

Overseas companies spent big on building mobile phone infrastructure in Myanmar over the past year, while they took a break from exploring oil and gas. Foreign investment in Myanmar’s transportation and telecommunications sectors surged to $3.08 billion for the year ended March, a 60% jump. In contrast, spending in the gas and oil industry — […]

Viettel entering mature Myanmar mobile market

Myanmar’s telecoms sector became one of the fastest growing in the world since it was opened up to foreign competition in late 2013, when Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo won mobile licences to compete alongside state-owned incumbent MPT. The country had roughly 51 million mobile connections at the end of last year, up from around […]