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. […]

CBM licensing procedures in the spotlight in Yangon

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) should allow financial organisations including fintech companies to operate only after confirming that their business models are credible and licensed, said MP Daw Sandar Min from Seikgyi Khanaungto township during a Yangon Region Parliament session on October 3. The issue was brought up after fintech company Ok Dollar was […]

TrueMoney finds a niche in Myanmar’s mobile fintech space

TrueMoney, one of the newest additions to the string of fintech firms vying for a slice of the mobile money market in Myanmar, is upping its game in the face of rising competition. Its strategy is to meet demand for a service to facilitate international mobile cash transfers by Myanmar residents. “We have a channel […]

Mobile operators join war on cash

WHILE Myanmar is still a cash-dominated society, the nation’s three telecommunications operators are trying to change that as they vie for the lead in the country’s nascent mobile financial market. Vikram Sinha, acting CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, announced on Thursday the launch of M-Pitesan, a product that allows mobile users to enjoy instant money transfers […]

Ooredoo’s M-Pitesan launches in next development in popular mobile money industry

  by Ben Roache M-Pitesan, Ooredoo’s entry into the increasingly competitive online mobile money industry, has launched this week. Allowing users to send money to friends and family, as well as purchasing airtime, Ooredoo hopes to change the lives of the people of Myanmar with their new innovative wallet solution. M-Pitesan’s Mobile money app works […]

Central Bank of Myanmar delivers green light for mobile wallet OK Dollar

by Ben Roache OK$, a mobile payment service that has recently been heavily advertised throughout Yangon, has been granted a Mobile Financial Services (MFS) licence by the Central Bank of Myanmar. This overcomes a major hurdle between OK$ and next generation retail payment, remittance and funds transfer services in the country. Fig 1 – Screenshot […]

Grab to invest US$100m in Myanmar as smartphone use surges

[SINGAPORE] Grab, Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing app, plans to invest US$100 million in Myanmar as it extends its battle with Uber Technologies to capture exploding use of smartphones. Grab will invest the money over the next three years and work with local governments to expand ride-hailing to more cities and roll out services such as […]

The road to taxi reform – can ride-hailing apps help fix the market?

Duncan Burry notes the promise ride-hailing apps hold for Myanmar’s future. Hello Cabs, Myanmar’s first ride-hailing app, was launched in Yangon in August of 2015. Oway Ride, a local rival, was not far behind, launching in February 2016. And then two large international players were launched in 2017: Grab in March and Uber in May. […]

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 […]