Yangon’s SRT Bus Line Closes Due to Losses

​​ YANGON, Myanmar – Yangon’s SRT bus line, launched with government help last year as a model for passenger-friendly transportation, is to close on Dec 8 after losing 690 million kyat (about 18.7 million baht). SRT bus line started running in early 2015 in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport in an attempt to bring […]

Taxi Count Needed Before Industry Reform

The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) is undertaking a taxi census, as it attempts to rein in the largely unregulated industry. YRTA secretary U Maung Aung said a formal, standardised registration process will begin once they have taken stock of the city’s fleet. At present, Yangon taxis are operated by private owners and subject to […]

Days Numbered for BM Buses

Yangon’s rickety and ageing fleet of locally made and privately operated buses are gradually getting phased out amid tighter regulations, after years of accidents and customer complaints. The so-called “BM buses” are soon to come under the auspices of the Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD), Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles chair U Hla […]

DCA Submits Plan For Regional Airports to Be Privately Run

The Department of Civil Aviation has submitted a plan under which private firms would renovate and run regional domestic airports across Myanmar under public-private partnership (PPP) agreements, deputy director general U Ye Htut Aung told The Myanmar Times. The DCA submitted the plan to the Ministry of Transport and Communications last month for inspection, which in […]

Hanthawaddy Intl Airport Awaiting Loan From Japan

Hanthawaddy International Airport, a state-of-the-art airport project slated for development in Bago Region, will be ready for construction once the Myanmar receives the US$706 million loan pledged by the Japanese government, said an official from the Ministry of Transport and Communication. “The feasibility report and final report have been done. But Japan’s overseas development aid […]

Hanthawaddy Airport Agreement in Final Stage

RANGOON — A final concession agreement will be signed by the end of this year with the Japanese-Singapore consortium which won a tender to construct the Hanthawaddy International Airport north of Rangoon, according to a government minister. U Thant Sin Maung, Burma’s Minister for Transport and Communications, told lawmakers during the parliamentary session on Tuesday […]

Water express tender imminent

The Yangon Region government will call a tender before the end of this month for private companies interested in providing river transport services, U Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), said. The regional government’s chief minister U Phyo Min Thein announced atransport reform initiative covering roads, railways and waterways in July. The […]

Ooredoo hits half a million on 4G

Ooredoo has racked up half a million 4G users since it became the first telecoms operator to roll out fourth-generation services in Myanmar in May, and is looking forward to a planned spectrum auction that would help it expand coverage, chief executive Rene Meza told The Myanmar Times. When it launched 4G the Qatari firm said […]

Three ministries clarify undertakings in first 100 days

THE second press conference on the Union government’s undertakings in the first 100 days was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The following is the brief of the ministries present at the conference. U Tin Myint, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Ministry made efforts in anti-narcotic policing, closed cases involving […]

Bandwidth Tender Suspended Again

The tender for a 2600MHz licence has been suspended yet again due to objections from two major telco players, Ooredoo and Telenor. “We will call tender for two types of frequencies. 2600MHz will be offered first, then 1800MHz will be next. Any spectrum licence holder can apply for 2600MHz. Detailed information will be released soon,” […]