Closing the global and national digital divide

In the last couple of decades, the “digital divide” was narrowly defined by people’s access to the internet. Myanmar, of course, had very poor internet connections as recently as six years ago. In 2012, this country’s internet penetration was a mere eight percent of the population. In 2018, with four mobile phone operators in a […]

MyTel enters Myanmar’s telecoms mart

Mytel Company, Myanmar’s fourth operator announced on Thursday that they started selling SIM cards in Nay Pyi Taw, eastern Bago and Kayin State on March 15. “A key point of our launch plan has always been a focus on more rural areas, and the provinces away from large cities like Yangon and Mandalay. We are […]

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

A free app on farmer San San Hla’s smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years. As she watches her workers haul in this year’s harvest, the 35-year-old is in a triumphant mood, ascribing her victory […]

Mytel to sell SIM cards in early 2018

With construction of a mobile network now more than 50 per cent completed, Mytel, the fourth telecom operator, is planning to start selling SIM cards in early 2018. Mytel said its objective is to provide the best Internet services at a fair price. The company’s Myanmar headquarters is located in Yangon and it has opened […]

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 […]

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 […]