Australian visionary gives Myanmar tech room to grow

YANGON On a balmy December evening in downtown Yangon, a diverse crowd packs into the sprawling offices of Phandeeyar, an information and communications technology hub. The event marks a milestone in Myanmar’s “connectivity revolution” — the group’s second birthday, and a new phase in its training and investment programs for startups. The space is normally […]

Edotco plans $200m investment in Myanmar telecoms

Telecoms tower firm Edotco has officially launched in Myanmar, with the company to give its name to Ooredoo tower provider Myanmar Tower Company. A Yangon man sits in front of a billboard showing the logo of Qatari firm Ooredoo, Edotco’s main customer in Myanmar. Photo: EPAA Yangon man sits in front of a billboard showing […]

Carriers soup up networks as new rivals come knocking

Myanmar’s wireless market is embarking on a new chapter, now that the bulk of the country’s population is connected. Norwegian telecom company Telenor runs this cellphone shop in Yangon. The Southeast Asian nation’s mobile penetration rate has shot up from 9% at the end of 2013 to an estimated 70% or so. Auctions for new […]

As Changes Come to Myanmar, Train Upgrade Is Just the Ticket

The Yangon Circular Line doesn’t get much love. Its aging trains circumscribing Myanmar’s largest city meander through 39 stations at an average speed of 10 miles an hour. It takes over three hours to complete the route, monsoon rains permitting. But now this forgotten railway is finally gaining some attention as a way to beat […]

Japanese technology boosts telecommunication

Myanmar, which is one of the last underdeveloped telecommunication markets in Asia, lags behind its neighbours in Southeast Asia. Only few people have access to fixed telephone lines here. Since the first Internet connections were established in 2000, Internet services in Myanmar still remain slow and unstable. Faults due to construction work causes frequent connection […]

How mobile tech is flowering in the land of ‘keepy-uppy’

U Myint Kyaw Thu says he wanted to make games since he was a five-year-old playing Nintendo. But growing up in Burma, now Myanmar, there was no internet and precious few mobile phones. So when he founded Total Gameplay Studio with his brother in 2005, he had to develop games for international buyers, sometimes living […]

Myanmar Business Leaders Fear Election Will Slow Key Reforms

Myanmar’s ministers are trying to reassure foreign businesses that political uncertainty during the election period, which will probably last until March 2016, will not disrupt their investment plans there. So far, businesses remain unconvinced. Many key ministers have stepped down from their posts to contest the country’s November 8 election, which will be the most […]

Myanmar’s e-revolution aids transparency, media control

In the new age of election campaigns, it wouldn’t seem surprising that the two most prominent leaders in the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and former speaker Thura Shwe Mann, include Facebook and social media in campaign strategies for general elections on November 8. But in Myanmar, it is one more symbol of the dramatic […]

Change barrels into Yangon

Every day Mr “Cassim” Khin Maung sits on the tiny balcony of the crumbling house, observing the choked street below – and fretting that his two sons may lose their sidewalk stall selling customised rubber stamps. For this city, and for him, change is nothing new. Yet around the still fit and lean 86-year-old, Yangon […]

Smartphones Bring Happiness And Headaches To Myanmar

The number of mobile subscribers in Myanmar has quickly grown in a short five years from a mere 500,000 to more than 22 million — giving Burmese a crash course in all the benefits and challenges new technology can bring. Myanmar’s low electrification rates, recurring power outages and poor Internet infrastructure mean that this growth […]