China-Myanmar oil, gas project benefits both

The China-Myanmar crude oil and gas pipeline, a pioneer project of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, has brought tangible benefits to both sides, and won broad support. The pipeline project consists of a crude oil pipeline and a natural gas pipeline, which run from the port of Kyaukpyu on Myanmar’s west coast to Ruili […]

Bus Ticketing In Myanmar Goes Digital, Thanks To This Brother-Sister Team

Myanmar has undergone significant transformations since allowing foreign telecoms to set up shop in the country in 2014. The costs of SIM cards dropped, mobile phone ownership skyrocketed and a startup ecosystem emerged in Yangon and other major cities. But not every industry has been quick to evolve — the travel industry, for one. Although […]

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 […]

Mobile Marketing opportunities in Myanmar

In 2013, only seven per cent of Myanmar’s population owned a mobile phone. Three years later, some 85 per cent of the country’s citizens own handsets. Myanmar is now representing a user base of more than 46 million subscribers, according to the latest research by BuddeComm, an Australian specialist telecoms research company. According to the […]

Suu Kyi bemoans youth ‘wasting time’ online

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people “wasting time” on computer games and social networking. The veteran opposition politician, whose party will soon take power after winning landmark elections last November, made the comments in a letter to organisers of […]

Ooredoo adds credit transfer services

Christmas may be over, but Ooredoo is hoping consumers are still in a giving mood. On December 30, the Qatar-based telco unveiled its newest digital service, allowing customers to transfer calling credit to other users at the push of a button. By typing *155* followed by the amount they want to transfer and the receiving […]

Ooredoo’s maternal app for Myanmar wins award

Ooredoo has been honoured with a Gold Stevie Award at the Women in Business Awards in New York for its mobile maternal healthcare app “maymay”, developed in Myanmar in conjunction with local start-up Koe Koe Tech and NGO Population Services International (PSI), aiming to help reduce the country’s high maternal and infant mortality rates. Launched […]

Myanmar’s Telegram System Still Active

Despite the arrival of modern technology, an older form of communication is alive and well. On a street stacked block by block with colonial British buildings, the Government Telegraph Office doesn’t particularly stand out. Like so many of its neighbors, the façade is grimy and crumbling. There always seems to be a soft trickle of […]

Digital ventures in Myanmar

It’s difficult to imagine a country of 62 million people today with a population at large that’s been starved of the internet. It’s just as hard to think of any state – especially one within Asia, a continent where technology is king – where mobile phone uptake is only just beginning. That is the case […]

Asia’s least-developed telecom market will soon become the world’s fastest growing

Asia’s least developed telecommunications market is about to take off thanks to foreign investment and liberalized policies. Myanmar is somewhat of a technology backwater when it comes to wireless telecommunications services. Just 12.3 percent of the population has access to a basic mobile phone. The isolated southeast Asian country, which is also known as Burma […]