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Yangon govt to act against messy overhead cables

The Yangon Regional Government says it is going to take action against telecommunications companies for untidy telecom cables that crisscross roads and streets, Daw Nilar Kyaw, minister of electricity, industry, transportation and telecommunication said during the sitting of the regional assembly last Thursday. “We will be going to take action against the telecoms companies that […]

Irish building up a head of steam in Myanmar

When Kieran Rabbitt stepped off a plane and into the heavy Yangon heat four years ago, little did he think he’d still be in Myanmar today, at the cutting edge of the country’s digital revolution. From offices in downtown Yangon, the Athenry native – along with Karim Ainsworth from Belfast – runs Cube Digital. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Internet Use Is On The Rise In Myanmar, But Better Options Are Needed

Myanmar is one of the great internet stories of recent years, with millions of people coming online after decades of being virtually cut off from the rest of the world due to government oppression. In less than a decade, the country’s digital population has soared, with 97% growth in internet users in a single year […]

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, […]

Vietnamese Telecom Viettel to Invest $2bn in Myanmar Over Five Years

VIETTEL, Viet Nam’s largest mobile network operator, is expected to make US$2 billion investment in Myanmar’s telecom sector within five years, with plans to launch its service business next year, it is learnt. The Vietnamese group operates in ten countries in Asia, Africa and America, and will provide its telecommunications services for Myanmar people in […]

Can mobile technology bring Myanmar in line with other Asean nations

Myanmar’s central bank has released additional rules on mobile financial services that lay the foundation for efficient and secure mobile financial services in Myanmar. While most of the Association of Southeastern Asian Nation (Asean) region adopts online and mobile banking, Myanmar remains almost completely cash dependent, with most salaries still paid in cash. According to […]

Fourth Telco Operator to be Named in Mid-2016

  The government expects to select the fourth telecommunication operator in the months of June or July, an official said. U Chit Wai, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and a member of the Tender Selection Committee, told Myanmar Business Today, “One of the foreign companies will be selected […]

MPT opens flagship store in Yangon

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has opened a brand new flagship store in Myanmar’s culture and business hub, Yangon. The new store is the first of over 100 MPT Branded Stores that MPT plans to open by end-March, to offer even more points of sale and face-to-face customer services including lost or damaged SIM cards […]