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Billboard advertising shrinks but remains part of Yangon landscape

Just half a decade ago, Yangon was dotted with billboards as companies jostled for the best locations to draw the attention of the consumers to the products they were introducing to the market. But just like other traditional advertising media, such as the newspapers and magazines, among others, the outdoor advertising industry is now fighting […]

Digital landscape rapidly changing

Today’s smartphones can now show people what apps they use most frequently, how much time they spend on them and remind them to take a break. Moreover some mobile applications can have different settings for use by adults and children and limit applications and games by age, because many children use their parents’ phones. “Nowadays […]

Myanmar Shoppers Spend $90,000 in 1 Hour During Alibaba’s ‘11.11’ Online Sale

The local unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group sold over $90,000 worth of goods in the first hour of its first-ever online sale aimed at Myanmar shoppers on Sunday. The local version of Alibaba’s global “11.11” online sale was conducted by Myanmar’s biggest online shopping platform, SHOP.com.mm. SHOP said in a statement that over […]

Ooredoo Myanmar aims to lead data market

OOREDOO Myanmar will continue its 4G rollout to become the leader in Myanmar’s data market after becoming the nation’s first telecom operator to provide 4G services last year. It plans to introduce the first 4G Pro network early next year, according to VikramSinha, the firm’s chief executive. The upgraded 4G Pro network is designed to […]

In dirt-poor Myanmar, smartphones are transforming finance

MYANMAR’S democratic transition sometimes seems marked as much by continuity as by change. Depressingly, the army continues its bloody persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the west, for example (see article). But elsewhere moves to open the country’s markets, started by the preceding military regimes, have gathered pace. New commercial and financial services are springing up. […]

Police Crackdown on Counterfeit Smartphones

After successfully conducting the largest counterfeit smartphone bust in Yan­gon history, Myanmar Police Force are joining forces with Huawei De­vice Myanmar to elimi­nate the distribution of fake smartphones. Following an anony­mous source, police de­scended on Yuzana Plaza and Mingalar market on August 3 to root out and arrest fake phone dealers. When the dust set­tled […]

Uber, Grab do things a little differently in Yangon

Uber Technologies and Grab, two of the biggest names in the ride-hailing business, are rapidly expanding in Myanmar’s largest city, where the spread of smartphones is unlocking big opportunities. Yangon’s authorities appear to have rolled out the welcome mat for them, viewing the services as a way to improve the city’s underdeveloped transport infrastructure. Going […]

Death of rental book stores as readers switch to smartphones

Rental book shops may be losing the battle for young customers to the pull of social media, online gaming and the vast expanse of the internet. Stores that rent out comic books and other wares say they are seeing their customers distracted by a more high-tech pastime: surfing the web on smartphones. Children used to […]

From Oscars to Tuna Cans, Tin Gets More Expensive as Mines Quit

Smartphones, cars and a prolonged mining slump are creating tighter supplies of tin, a metal used mostly as solder for electrical circuits. Demand for tin remains strong from all sorts of manufacturers, from makers of food cans and building materials to iPads and Oscar statuettes. At the same time, big exporters like Indonesia and Myanmar […]

Suu Kyi bemoans youth ‘wasting time’ online

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people “wasting time” on computer games and social networking. The veteran opposition politician, whose party will soon take power after winning landmark elections last November, made the comments in a letter to organisers of […]