Ooredoo Myanmar CEO quits after two years

Rene Meza has resigned as CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar after just two years in the post. Ooredoo has appointed COO Vikram Sinha as acting CEO until it finds a permanent replacement. Meza joined Ooredoo to run its Myanmar operation in August 2015, when he replaced Ross Cormack, who won the race to start services after […]

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 […]

New CEO says Ooredoo going for masses, not classes

Former Ooredoo Myanmar chief executive Ross Cormack passed the torch to his successor, Vodacom veteran Rene Meza, about one month ago, beginning a new chapter for the market’s first foreign entrant. Since launch, the company has widened its target market to focus on the masses, Mr Meza told The Myanmar Times in a recent interview. […]

Results reveal Ooredoo falling further behind rival Telenor

The gap between international operator Ooredoo and its rival Telenor has widened again this quarter, with Ooredoo reporting less than half the number of subscribers secured by the Norwegian operator over the same period. Ooredoo and Telenor, which recently announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, have been locked in fierce competition, along […]

Telecom price war intensifies

The price war in Myanmar’s telecoms industry has intensified as the two foreign players stepped up their efforts to dominate the market with cheaper internet packages. The latest battle took place on May 26 when Qatar’s Ooredoo announced that it would cut its 3G internet charge from Ks10 per MB to Ks6 for non-contract customers. […]

SIM sales soar as Myanmar races to catch up in telecoms

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar, long one of the world’s least connected nations in terms of telecommunications, is now racing to catch up, providing a boost to the foreign mobile companies allowed into the country last year. The number of mobile phone SIM cards in the south-east Asian country of 51 million people has shot up […]

Mobile tower firms turn the corner

The second year of building is under way for the tower companies working to extend coverage for Telenor and Ooredoo, moving steel and concrete by truck and buffaloes to thousands of sites around the country. Apollo Towers global project management officer Bill Pollack said the firm has learned a lot in the last year, as […]

Telecom new comers promise greater connectivity

The days when a SIM card can cost as much as US$200 are totally gone following the liberalisation of the telecom industry, which welcomed two new players – Ooredoo and Telenor- into the country. Three weeks after its service launch on August 15, 2014, Ooredoo Myanmar, based in Qatar, sold one million SIM cards. Unveiling […]

Many Burmese Will Have to Wait for Ooredoo Network

YANGON — Qatari telecommunications firm Ooredoo launched its 1,500 kyat (US$1.50) SIM cards here on Saturday, ending years of waiting for affordable and fast mobile phone and Internet services—for some. Ooredoo’s official commercial launch date is Aug. 15, but SIM cards are already being sold offering limited, but free, services. Norwegian company Telenor is expected […]