Telecoms battle to unlock demand in emerging Asia

TOKYO/YANGON — In a tiny village in central Myanmar, about a two-hour drive from the nation’s second largest city Mandalay, electricity does not arrive through power lines. It comes from home generators or solar panels. But that does not stop the locals from charging their smartphones. “How many of you have a mobile phone?” the […]

Myanmar’s New Struggle: Keeping Foreign Investors Happy

A pariah state for decades, Myanmar’s recent emergence from economic isolation has attracted foreign companies and investors intrigued by the Southeast Asian nation’s untapped potential, abundant natural resources and low wage workforce. The first U.S. fast food restaurant, KFC, opened in 2015 and other assorted Western and Asian brands have popped up across the nation’s […]

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 […]

Mytel to Target Rural Areas and Compete on Price

​​ Myanmar’s fourth and final telecoms firm – operating under the brand name Mytel – will make use of the AAE-1 submarine cable, infrastructure belonging to state-owned MECtel and try to beat its rivals on services charges, its external relations officer said at press conference last weekend. Mytel is made up of Vietnam defence ministry […]

Myanmar awards fourth telecoms license as mobile market heats up

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Myanmar on Thursday awarded its fourth – and final – telecoms license to a joint venture between Vietnam’s telecom company Viettel and two local firms, heating up competition in a rapidly growing market by adding a second majority-Myanmar operator. Military-run Viettel will have a 49 percent stake in […]

Vietnamese Telecom Viettel to Invest $2bn in Myanmar Over Five Years

VIETTEL, Viet Nam’s largest mobile network operator, is expected to make US$2 billion investment in Myanmar’s telecom sector within five years, with plans to launch its service business next year, it is learnt. The Vietnamese group operates in ten countries in Asia, Africa and America, and will provide its telecommunications services for Myanmar people in […]

Fourth telco talks hit sticking points

Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator should have applied for its licence by now, according to a proposed timeline released earlier this year by its joint-venture formation committee. But the parties involved – preferred foreign partner Viettel, government shareholder Star High Public Company Limited and local consortium Myanmar National Telecom Holding Public Limited – are still at the […]

E-licence for tourism industry kicks off in Myanmar – TTG Asia

MYANMAR’S Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has, from July 1, launched an online registration portal (https://elicence.tourism.gov.mm) to facilitate permit applications and renewals for the travel and hospitality industry. At present, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism issues four kinds of licences: a hotel licence costs between 200,000 kyat (US$170) and 1.9 million kyat, based on […]

Telenor to roll out 4G in Myanmar as soon as summer

YANGON — Telenor Group will launch fourth-generation cellular service in Myanmar as early as this summer, Petter Furberg, CEO of the Norwegian carrier’s local arm, told The Nikkei. Telenor Myanmar is testing 4G in four cities. The rollout will begin when more spectrum becomes available, Furberg said. Myanmar’s government plans to hold an auction for […]

Myanmar’s wireless market heating up

YANGON — Competition in Myanmar’s mobile phone market is getting fierce. With sustained downward pressure on prices, the industry fears it could squeeze itself out of profitability. And things could get worse. Last July, Myanmar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said it would invite bids for a fourth mobile phone operator’s license. At first, […]