Myanmar’s ‘Sea Gypsies’ Threatened by Dynamite Fishing and Drugs

Destruction has been wrought by fishing boats, many believed to be from neighbouring Thailand, which use dynamite and trawlers to sweep the seabed With a swift breath the teenage boy dives into the turquoise waters of southern Myanmar, a spear clutched in his hand, but below him lies nothing but a graveyard of broken, grey […]

Telenor Myanmar snaps up 1800MHz spectrum

Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor Myanmar has confirmed that it has purchased a twelve-year licence for a 2×10MHz block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band. The frequencies were priced at USD80 million with Telenor paying USD32 million up front, with the remainder to follow between the second and fourth year of the licence term. The cellco acquired […]

The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]

Myanmar media outlets enter new era

After more than a year of civilian rule in Myanmar, the country’s media has started to emerge from a climate of fear and suppression. But as the country’s media sector grows rapidly, there are still challenges facing the industry in this newly opened nation now embracing modern times. “[The] Press Freedom Index’s ranking said that […]

Telenor tests 4G across five cities

Telenor Myanmar has tested fourth-generation (4G) mobile services in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Myawady and Muse, a company spokesperson has told The Myanmar Times. The tests come as the Norwegian mobile operator looks to migrate to 4G, a move that rival telco Ooredoo has already started. The Qatari firm’s website says its fourth-generation rollout […]

Telenor to roll out 4G in Myanmar as soon as summer

YANGON — Telenor Group will launch fourth-generation cellular service in Myanmar as early as this summer, Petter Furberg, CEO of the Norwegian carrier’s local arm, told The Nikkei. Telenor Myanmar is testing 4G in four cities. The rollout will begin when more spectrum becomes available, Furberg said. Myanmar’s government plans to hold an auction for […]

Mobile money regulations released

The Central Bank of Myanmar has released regulations on mobile financial services, widening a market previously limited to banks to include non-banking financial institutions. The Central Bank announced yesterday that it had issued rules on mobile financial services at the end of last month to build an enabling regulatory framework for efficient and secure mobile financial services […]

The Nordic House in Yangon – A promising perspective

A Thursday evening in Yangon, Myanmar. 700-800 guests are gathered to learn or explain about Scandinavia, the natural focal point when the Nordic House, hosting the Danish and Norwegian embassies and the Finnish and Swedish consuls, opened the doors for visitors to mark their move to new premises on the 3th of March 2016. A suitable […]

“Competition, watch out’ says Telenor Myanmar CEO, as subs over 10 million

Telenor Myanmar’s second quarter (Q2) results have exceeded expectations once again. By July, the Norwegian operator had secured more than 10 million subscriptions, with much higher numbers of data users than anticipated, said Petter Furberg, the company’s Myanmar CEO, at a press conference in Yangon yesterday. “The biggest surprise for Telenor is that 55 percent […]

Norconsult sets sights on global market

It is a challenging time for the global environmental consulting and wider support services sector. However, the Nordic region appears to be bucking this trend somewhat and certainly seems to have avoided the doldrums suffered elsewhere in Western Europe over the last few years. Identified by the Swedish Federation of Consulting Engineers and Architects in […]