MYTHIC submarine set to compete, from Maynmar

MyanmarCampana Group, based in Singapore with a Yangon subsidiary, will deliver international connectivity, a reliable submarine network and massive capacity at an economical price, U Myo Myint Ohn said. The firm’s MYTHIC cable project joins others currently in the works and aims to disrupt the effective monopoly state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) enjoys in doling out international capacity. The telco, as part of a consortium, currently runs the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable, which connects Myanmar to 33 other countries around the world. Soon, MPT will operate SEA-ME-WE 5, which will link up with 17 other countries.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/13220-mythic-set-to-compete.html

Myanmar language, culture gets game users

MyanmarTotal Gameplay Studio’s Pawthoot Android app, named for lovable rascal and Myanmar cartoon cultural icon Thamain Pawthoot, has gained 40,000 users. An iOS version is in development. “We are expanding this game in the Myanmar market, and we will expand this game in the world,” said U Myint Kyaw Thu, Total Gameplay Studio chief technology officer.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/13221-myanmar-language-culture-gets-game-users.html

Myanmar’s internet: ‘partly free’

MyanmarThis past December, watchdog organisation Freedom House bumped Myanmar’s “Freedom on the Net” ranking up from “not free” to “partly free”, highlighting heightened mobile access and legislative reform as key developments. Currently, only a few policies stand in place to regulate online behaviour in the country. This lack helps make Myanmar’s internet one of the Southeast Asian region’s freest, but could also leave users’ privacy unprotected. Meanwhile, legacy legislation could punish people for what they post, according to Mr Arnaudo.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/13181-myanmar-s-internet-partly-free.html

Ecommerce services for payment to start

MyanmarWhile services like US-based PayPal and China’s AliPay are making it easy for seamless e-commerce around the world, Myanmar is still a cash-based society, with few of the solutions that has helped drive online shopping in the rest of the world. The Myanmar Payments Union, an enterprise owned by the domestic banks, is planning to launch a service allowing for online payments. It is already working with Cooperative, Myawaddy and United Amara, and is actively attempting to recruit more banks to take part in the service, said MPU chief executive U Zaw Lin Htut.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/13075-ecommerce-services-for-payment-to-start.html

Startup meets showbiz on reality TV program

MyanmarLast year, restaurant management platform provider Code2LAB won a Yangon start-up bootcamp put on by Lithan University College, earning Ko Min Zeya Phyo US$2000 and a spot on Channel NewsAsia’s second season of Start-UP, a Singapore-based reality television show which aired its first episode last week. The entrepreneur has survived the cut to eight finalists, and is in the midst of filming episodes that see Code2LAB and fellow ventures face challenges and try to crowd-fund their start-ups.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/13076-startup-meets-showbiz-on-reality-tv-program.html

Ecommerce services for payment to start

MyanmarWhile services like US-based PayPal and China’s AliPay are making it easy for seamless e-commerce around the world, Myanmar is still a cash-based society, with few of the solutions that has helped drive online shopping in the rest of the world. The Myanmar Payments Union, an enterprise owned by the domestic banks, is planning to launch a service allowing for online payments. It is already working with Cooperative, Myawaddy and United Amara, and is actively attempting to recruit more banks to take part in the service, said MPU chief executive U Zaw Lin Htut.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/13075-ecommerce-services-for-payment-to-start.html

The future is still far off, from Mayanmar

MyanmarThere are banks in Myanmar that have already tackled mobile banking, which caters to customers with bank accounts. But across financial institutions, it’s still early days for mobile money services. On the uphill slog towards solutions – and in the end, financial inclusion for Myanmar’s rural unbanked – the government, banks and other industry players will be forced to confront a swath of issues around infrastructure, financial literacy, interoperability and more.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/13003-the-future-is-still-far-off.html

Telenor expands beyond big cities, from Myanmar

MyanmarThe regional launches, announced January 22, add to Telenor’s network coverage as the telco makes its way to covering half of Myanmar’s townships by this month’s end. Telenor’s moves mark the first time the telco has deployed its services outside Myanmar’s three largest cities – Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. To slake demand, the firm has begun issuing 1.5 million new SIM cards into the market monthly, a release said.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/13004-telenor-expands-beyond-big-cities.html

Mobile could kill cafes

MyanmarBut they will remain important to internet gamers, according to a prominent local games designer, who said the explosion of users on the internet has brought more people to play online games on phones and PCs. “People playing mobile games are also playing PC games because they are totally different experiences,” said Total Gameplay Studio chief technology officer U Myint Kyaw Thu.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/12897-mobile-could-kill-cafes.html

Poor infrastructure in Myanmar is not stopping this startup from helping local restaurants

MyanmarMyanmar might be one of the hottest emerging markets in the world right now, but its startup ecosystem continues to struggle to overcome growing pains on a daily basis. A great number of these problems stem from the dire state of the country’s infrastructure. For example, power shortages are common, especially during the summer, and backup power generators are a must-have for many businesses.

https://www.techinasia.com/smartsales-myanmar-poor-infrastructure/

MPT picks up speed in telecoms race, from Myanmar

After signing a partnership with Japan’s KDDI Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation, it has quickly moved to modernise its operations and launch new tariff deals. Its latest mobile plan, Swe Thahar, cuts voice and SMS prices and changes the way MPT charges customers for internet usage, from by-the-minute to by-the-megabyte.  KDDI Summit Global Myanmar (KSGM) managing director Takashi Nagashima, MPT general manager Khin Maung Tun, chief technical officer Kenichi Ono and other company officials sat down with a small panel of journalists

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/12842-mpt-picks-up-speed-in-telecoms-race.html

App developer expo coming in February, from Myanmar

AppExpo 2015 will run from February 19 to 20 at the MICT park, and will once again be organized by Yangon Heartz Media and Business Solutions, a local technology start-up. In addition to giving local programmers and software engineers a chance to network, Yangon Heartz Media CEO U Zaw Zaw Myo Lwin told The Myanmar Times that this year’s expo would include a US$500 prize for the ‘best app,’ to be chosen by a panel of judges at the event.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/12702-app-developer-expo-coming-in-february.html

Yangon Stock Exchange closer to reality

Two Japanese firms and Myanma Economic Bank on December 23 signed an agreement to establish the Yangon Stock Exchange, which is set to be opened late 2015. The agreement between Daiwa Institute of Research, an arm of Daiwa Securities Group, as well as Japan Exchange Group and state-owned Myanma Economic Bank, is the result of discussions that have been ongoing since May 29, 2012, when a memorandum of understanding was initially signed.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/12659-yangon-stock-exchange-closer-to-reality.html

Yangon developer group hosts intro to new language

The Lambda Talks “Seminar on Functional Programming” educated attendants in Myanmar’s most populous city on the fresh tech tack. GDG community manager Ko Ye Lin Aung said the event sought to spur participants to take on functional programming and retrain their brains to include the paradigm when considering possible ways of approaching a coding problem.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/12634-yangon-developer-group-hosts-intro-to-new-language.html

All Greek no more – Google adds Myanmar

Google Translate upped its number of supported languages to 90 on December 12 by incorporating 10 new languages, four of which were Asian: Myanmar, Malayalam, Sinhala, and Sudanese, said a Google Asia Pacific blog post. The initiative has been simmering for some time, and comes more than a year after Google executive chair Eric Schmidt visited Myanmar and promised the company would develop services for the country that included translation.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/12564-all-greek-no-more-google-adds-myanmar.html

Rocket Internet launches ecommerce store in Myanmar

Rocket Internet, the German startup dynamo that focuses on emerging markets, has already been operating in Myanmar for just over two years with several classifieds sites. But now the company says it’s ready to do something new and very challenging – launch an actual ecommerce site in Myanmar.

https://www.techinasia.com/rocket-internet-frontier-ecommerce-myanmar/

Yangon network not complete, says exec

The Norwegian telco’s top executive, who tested out Telenor’s coverage during a visit to Yangon last week, in part pinned “capacity constraints on the existing number of base stations” on traffic generated by crowds of customers. He also called rolling out base stations the firm’s top priority, followed by providing sites “the necessary energy to fly the capacity”. The company anticipates putting up 8000 mobile towers nationally in the next five years, according to Telenor Myanmar representative Ko Soe Thu Tun.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/12471-yangon-network-not-complete-says-exec.html

Here’s a comprehensive primer on starting up in Myanmar

Life of an entrepreneur in nascent but up-and-coming ecosystems is rough and tough – just ask these Burmese founders. Yes, Myanmar is indeed starting to embrace a level of openness which can only mean good things for businesses. But like in any other Asian country, taking note of nuances can help you prosper locally. For this reason, Harald Friedl, managing director of a local renewable energy company, has penned down a comprehensive 27-pages-long guide for first-timers who are thinking of starting up in Myanmar.

https://www.techinasia.com/guide-starting-up-in-myanmar/

China, Myanmar agree on

BEIJING–China has signed agreements worth US$7.8 billion with neighboring Myanmar, state media reported Saturday, as Beijing continues to assert its growing economic clout in Southeast Asia. Deals overseen by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Myanmar President Thein Sein on Friday included agreements to build power plants fuelled by natural gas, the state-run China Daily reported.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-china/2014/11/16/421935/China-Myanmar.htm

TEEMA to invest NT$14 billion in Myanmar

TAIPEI, Taiwan — To tap the business potential of Myanmar, the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA) recently decided to invest NT$14 billion to develop an industrial park in southern Myanmar. The Economic Daily News earlier cited industry insiders to report that the park is in Myanmar’s southern Irrawaddy Division. TEEMA (台灣區電機電子工業同業公會) said it wants to invest NT$14 billion to provide a base for possibly dozens of Taiwanese electrical-component makers. If it goes ahead the project would create hundreds of semi-skilled jobs.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/11/13/421645/TEEMA-to.htm