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 […]

Confident iflix aims high in Myanmar

Greenlee said in an exclusive interview that Myanmar’s leap in the telecommunications sector would fuel the firm’s growth in the nation. “It is the first time that subscription video on demand [SvoD] service is available in Myanmar. So, we have set a benchmark again. We expect to be highly successful,” she said. “Myanmar is the […]

Tackling Asia’s final technology frontier

Honey Mya Win didn’t have to look far to discover the tech potential for Myanmar. A 26-year-old former telecom engineer at Huawei, she was directly involved in configuring mobile phone towers and base station controllers that expanded 3G access to the once reclusive nation. “My team was actually the one connecting the country,” she said. […]

Cash Is Our Biggest Competitor, Says Wave Money CEO

​​ Cash is the “biggest competitor” for mobile transaction venture Wave Money as it seeks to overcome My­anmar’s aversion to non-physical money, CEO Brad Jones has said. The entire industry will benefit from increased consumer awareness when new entrants begin offering alternatives to Wave Money, he added. Qatar-based telco op­erator Ooredoo is looking to launch […]

New Myanmar telecom plans 5,000 base stations by 2018 debut

Myanmar’s new cellphone carrier will install a network of 5,000 base stations before it commences service in early 2018, the company’s chief external relations officer has told The Nikkei. Zaw Min Oo said Myanmar National Tele & Communications will introduce fourth-generation service as it pursues established carriers such as state-owned Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, or […]

Myanmar media outlets enter new era

After more than a year of civilian rule in Myanmar, the country’s media has started to emerge from a climate of fear and suppression. But as the country’s media sector grows rapidly, there are still challenges facing the industry in this newly opened nation now embracing modern times. “[The] Press Freedom Index’s ranking said that […]

Myanmar’s burgeoning financial sector attracts foreign suppliers

Foreign companies are rushing in to beef up Myanmar’s financial infrastructure, vying to win orders for ATMs and financial software from commercial banks that are rapidly growing under a civilian government. This month, Diebold Nixdorf, the world’s top ATM supplier, will open its first sales office in Myanmar. It is to be staffed with its […]

Telenor to abolish roaming taxes in Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia

Telenor will be the first operator in Sweden to abolish roaming taxes on surfing the internet in countries outside Europe. From 26 January 2017, Swedes with Telenor’s subscription ‘Telenor Frihet’ (freedom) can start surfing the internet in Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia with no extra charge. Since June 2016, ‘Telenor Frihet’ started including the rest of […]

SEA mobile market update: Malaysia falls, Myanmar booms

The close of 2016 saw a number of significant shifts in operator rankings across many countries in Southeast Asia. The biggest change was in the Philippines, where Globe Telecom moved ahead of incumbent Smart after adding more than 10 million connections and expanding its market share by 4 percentage points to lead with a 52 […]

Foreign telecoms investment reaches $2.8bn

Foreign investment in the telecoms sector has exceeded US$2.8 billion over the past two years, boosting the country’s economy, according to the first Myanmar Mobile Symposium. The event attracted about 200 representatives from the telecommunication sector to the Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday. It was jointly organised by the three telecom operators, […]