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With U Set Aung in charge, no excuse for Kyaukphyu to repeat Thilawa’s rights abuses

Chair of Thilawa Special Economic Zone Management Committee (TSMC) is now also at the helm of Kyaukphyu’s SEZ body. Given that there is now an SEZ precedent to learn from, U Set Aung should ensure Kyaukphyu does not repeat the human rights abuses and lack of transparency in which Thilawa was mired. U Set Aung, […]

More Japanese companies to invest in Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone

More Japanese companies to invest in Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Increasing numbers of Japanese companies are investing in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Myanmar. Of course, this SEZ is especially important for Japan because it highlights the importance of Myanmar to political elites […]

As Myanmar eats more meat, Sumitomo to sell drugs for livestock

Trader aims for $1 billion in sales of pharmaceuticals for animals TOKYO — Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. is set to start selling drugs for animals in Myanmar later in March as part of an effort to enlarge its presence in what it expects to be a lucrative global market for drugs for livestock and […]

Myanmar’s telco revolution opens new chapter

YANGON — Myanmar is three years into a telecoms boom that has changed the physical and technological landscape of the country with unparalleled speed. Since the sector was opened to foreign competition in 2014, thousands of mobile towers have sprung up around the country and more than 30,000km of fiber cable has been connected. Mobile […]

MPT has Myanmar’s fastest mobile speeds

Myanmar’s MPT has the fastest internet speeds among the nation’s major mobile operators, according to a new report from Ookla’s Speedtest service. An analysis of the results of user-initiated tests over the Speedtest Android and iOS mobile apps indicates that MPT had an overall speed score of 11.45 during the first half of the year. […]

Osaka business group to help lure firms to Japan-backed economic zone in Myanmar

The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry has agreed to help attract small and medium-size companies to the Japanese-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Yangon by establishing small rental factory spaces, the zone’s operator has announced. The OCCI, which is comprised of businesses around Osaka, and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce […]

NTT Com launches high-speed broadband in Myanmar

Japan’s NTT Communications has launched high-speed internet services for enterprises in Myanmar, starting with the Yangon area. The company has secured a network service license from Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, and has started offering the new Digi-Path Premier service in the market. The service provides dedicated, fully managed circuits from 1Mbps to connect […]

Foreign firms take aim at Myanmar’s 4th licence, despite risks

Seven foreign companies have submitted applications to enter Myanmar’s fast-growing telecoms market as the government moves forward on plans to award a fourth mobile licence this year. The companies, which the government did not name, are keen to take a piece of the country’s lucrative mobile segment, which has expanded from 15 million connections to […]

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 […]

New economic freedoms rouse Myanmar’s sleeping giant

Last week, Myanmar officials wore big smiles at the official launch of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. They were jubilant that, at last, the nation has its first international-standard SEZ, equipped with all the infrastructure a major business needs – electricity, water supply and port facilities. The project is a joint endeavour, and much of […]