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Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar – In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire. Some 700,000 members of the Rohingya community had recently fled the country amid a military crackdown and ethnic violence. In March, […]

Telenor gears up to offer a Myanmar record for data speeds

AS MOBILE data consumption in Myanmar soars to some of the highest levels in the world, Telenor Myanmar plans to offer its subscribers a record speed for the country of 1 gigabyte per second (Gbps) in the near future, said Lars Erik Tellmann, the firm’s chief executive officer. Tellmann said at a press briefing on […]

Myanmar set for transition to digital economy with corporates’ support

FIVE YEARS after Myanmar’s liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, the nation has now over 50 million mobile subscribers, a figure that almost encompasses its total population, and is set for adoption of digital economy with the help of industry leaders worldwide. Myo Swe, deputy director general at the Posts and Telecommunications Department, said earlier that […]

Telcos vie for mobile financial services

YANGON-WHILE Myanmar is still a cash-dominated society, the nation’s three telecommunications operators are trying to change that as they vie for the lead in the country’s nascent mobile financial market. Vikram Sinha, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, was happy with the success of M-Pitesan, a product that allows mobile users to enjoy instant money transfers and […]

Mobile operators join war on cash

WHILE Myanmar is still a cash-dominated society, the nation’s three telecommunications operators are trying to change that as they vie for the lead in the country’s nascent mobile financial market. Vikram Sinha, acting CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, announced on Thursday the launch of M-Pitesan, a product that allows mobile users to enjoy instant money transfers […]

Telenor to Launch 4G/LTE Services in Yangon After Securing 1800MHz Spectrum

Telenor’s CEO has said Myanmar’s 4G/Long- T erm Evolution (LTE) services will be ‘among’ the best in the region, after the telco announced it will begin the rollout of its 4G/LTE services in Yangon “soon”. The Norway-backed telco announced in May that it was allocated 2 x 10 megahertz blocks of neutral spectrum in the […]

Liberalisation of Telecom Sector Contributed to Myanmar’s Economic Growth

​​ An expert symposium held on 12 January in Myanmar’s capital, attributed the liberalisation of the Telecommunications industry in Myanmar for the many positive contributions to the growth of country’s economy. With more than USD 2.8 billion investment in just two years from countries including Japan, Norway and Qatar, the telecommunications sector is one of […]

Myanmar’s fourth telco gets licence at last

At long last Myanmar’s fourth telecoms operator has its licence, but the brand name under which it will operate remains under wraps and the firm will only begin providing services in 2018, according to its external relations officer. The Ministry of Transport and Communication formally awarded the firm – Myanmar National Tele & Communications (MNTC) […]

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 […]

Telenor on a building spree in Myanmar

The Norwegian-linked company Telenor wants to make sure that affordable mobile communication services reach all levels of Myanmar society, and not only targeting the high-income earners. CEO of the company, Lars Erik Tellmann, says that they plan on doing so by adopting the same sales and distribution model that was implemented in several other Asian countries. “Telenor is committed […]