Foreign telecoms investment reaches $2.8bn

Foreign investment in the telecoms sector has exceeded US$2.8 billion over the past two years, boosting the country’s economy, according to the first Myanmar Mobile Symposium. The event attracted about 200 representatives from the telecommunication sector to the Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday. It was jointly organised by the three telecom operators, […]

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 […]

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 […]

MPT and KBZ Join Forces for SIM Registration

​​ Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) SIM cards can be registered at Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) branches across the nation starting in December 2016, the two companies have jointly announced. “We are working with KBZ to register all the MPT users before March 2017. We will continue to look for the most convenient options for all […]

Fourth Telco Hoping to Get Licence for Christmas

​​ The director of one of 11 local firms that will form part of Myanmar’s long-awaited fourth telecom operator says the consortium will receive its telecoms licence next week. A year has passed since the government announced a tender for a fourth operator, which Vietnam defence ministry owned-firm Viettel won through dint of being the […]

Myanmar Plans 1800-MHz Auction in March

Myanmar plans to hold an auction for 1800-MHz spectrum in March next year, some three months later than initially expected. The Ministry of Transport and Communications will allocate spectrum to allow operators Telenor Myanmar, Ooredoo Myanmar and MPT to expand their 4G networks, the Myanmar Times reported. The report cites the ministry’s deputy director of posts and […]

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 and MPT apply for spectrum auction

Telecoms companies Telenor and state-owned MPT will be among the potential bidders at a long-awaited auction for more broadband spectrum next month, while rival telco Ooredoo has decided to wait for a separate auction it expects to happen later in the year. Spectrum – the radio frequency on which communication traffic can be sent – […]

Telenor’s customer expansion slows in Q2 results

Telenor Myanmar’s subscriber count grew to 16.9 million customers, the company announced yesterday, with new users coming to the Norwegian mobile operator at their slowest-ever rate. The company’s revenue expansion also slowed compared to last quarter, against a backdrop of fierce competition in the local telecoms market. Telenor brought in 1.4 million new subscribers over […]

Fourth telco talks hit sticking points

Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator should have applied for its licence by now, according to a proposed timeline released earlier this year by its joint-venture formation committee. But the parties involved – preferred foreign partner Viettel, government shareholder Star High Public Company Limited and local consortium Myanmar National Telecom Holding Public Limited – are still at the […]