From a vantage point for development policy to Myanmar

After four years of significant changes in development policy, interesting years as Finland’s first Ambassador to Myanmar are awaiting Riikka Laatu. She is excited about her transfer to Yangon. At the start of September Riikka Laatu, Deputy Director General at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, will transfer to her new position as Finland’s Ambassador to […]

Only high-tech firms for hydro, coal power

Only companies and countries with access to the latest technologies and technologies which minimise environmental impact will be considered to take part in hydro and coal power projects in Myanmar, a senior official from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told The Myanmar Times. “For electricity generation sources, we are planning to consider only the […]

Myanmar Grants 123 Licenses to Telecoms Companies Since 2015

Myanmar authori­ties issued a to­tal of 123 licens­es to companies in the booming telecommuni­cations sector in the past two years, official media reported last week. The licenses were grant­ed to 85 foreign and 38 lo­cal companies by the Post and Telecommunications Department. They cov­ered business activities including network facili­ties services, application services and nationwide telecoms […]

New Myanmar telecom plans 5,000 base stations by 2018 debut

Myanmar’s new cellphone carrier will install a network of 5,000 base stations before it commences service in early 2018, the company’s chief external relations officer has told The Nikkei. Zaw Min Oo said Myanmar National Tele & Communications will introduce fourth-generation service as it pursues established carriers such as state-owned Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, or […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Investors Helped Myanmar Telecoms

In 2010, when Myanmar held historic elections that would reduce the influence of the military and put the country on a path to democratic rule, it was a country that had endured decades of isolation. Less than 3 percent of the populations had mobile phones. This lack of connectivity limited not only access to service […]

Myanmar: 45 Million Mobile Phones And The $19 3G Smartphone – Forbes

The photo above shows a shiny new $19.44 smartphone for sale in Yangon.  When I saw this in small corner shop on Anawrahta Road near Pansodan a few weeks ago, the 23,000 kyat (at 1,183 kyat/US$1) price included one SIM card. As you can perhaps see, it’s 3G capable and has slots for two SIM […]

Telenor Group reports second quarter results, Myanmar growth

The Norway-based Telenor Group has reported positive second quarter results including continued growth in its mobile phone outreach in Myanmar, a country in the throws of a communication revolution after decades of military regime rule. Telenor and Ooredoo are the two main players competing in the largely virgin Myanmar market, helping everyone from farmers, to […]