Satellite program aims at Myanmar’s skies

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The bidding process comes as part of a broader national satellite program, with the government aiming to address existing needs in the market and to eventually fill the country’s slot in the sky with a Myanmar satellite. Myanmar has pursued a satellite program for five years now, with the country following the lead of others, according to Post and Telecommunications (PTD) director U Than Htun Aung.

Ministry ready to support 4G networks

MyanmarMyanmar Times — U Thaung Tin said his ministry will not deter operators from using more advanced technology. “If operators want to launch a 4G network for their subscribers, we are ready to support the spectrum,” he said. The 4G Long Term Evolution, or LTE, networks are faster than their third-generation, or 3G, counterparts. They also require more expensive handsets and use up more data, requiring users to add credit to their phones more often.

Roland Berger to run tender for fourth Myanmar telco: sources

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Roland Berger will be hired to help a local special purpose vehicle, or SPV, pick an international partner, said U Than Htun Aung, director of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Posts and Telecommunications Department. The joint venture formed between the local consortium and an international firm should become Myanmar’s fourth nationwide telecoms operator.

APR Energy Signs Extension of 102MW Myanmar Project Through 2016

MyanmarPRNewswire — JACKSONVILLE, Fla: APR Energy plc, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announces today that its 102MW project in Myanmar has been extended through 2016, with financial terms similar to those in the initial agreement. The original contract for the plant, signed in February 2014, was the first agreement between a U.S.-based company and the government of Myanmar for power generation since the lifting of sanctions.

Telenor and Yoma Bank test mobile money service

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The link-up, called Wave Money, will allow customers to transfer and receive money through local storefronts called “Wave Shops”, according to its new Facebook page. Myanmar has overhauled its telecommunications industry, liberalising the market to include two new foreign operators, but mass adoption of mobile payment systems has remained out of reach so far – with nearly all transactions still involving kyat changing hands.

KDDI: 16 million users for MPT

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The parent to MPT joint venture partner KDDI Summit Global Myanmar said Myanmar’s state operator has boosted its user base by 250 percent since the firms teamed up last July. With a 16-million-strong user base the state-owned incumbent leads Myanmar’s race for mobile users. However, with Telenor’s subscriber tally coming in at just under 12 million late last month, its long-held first-place ranking could be at risk.

New Telenor app captures cloud technology

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The app is significant for its tech, with cloud services a common feature in advanced markets such as the United States where users can bank on their internet connections, but rarer in Myanmar where mobile connectivity has just begun to spread. “Capture is a cloud storage service,” said Telenor Digital head of storage Arne Uppheim.

Japanese technology boosts telecommunication

MyanmarMyanmar, which is one of the last underdeveloped telecommunication markets in Asia, lags behind its neighbours in Southeast Asia. Only few people have access to fixed telephone lines here. Since the first Internet connections were established in 2000, Internet services in Myanmar still remain slow and unstable. Faults due to construction work causes frequent connection failure and are often not repaired.

Government introduces new online statistics portal

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The Myanmar Information System (MMSIS), built by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) under the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development with help from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), aggregates information spanning subjects such as trade, investment, demographics and national income.

Myanmar’s first civic education app launches

MyanmarThe application is based on five concepts – citizenship, democracy, elections, rule of law and peace, developers told The Myanmar Times. Its name – New Niti – is based on the Pali word for “knowledge” or “wisdom”, said Angelika Kahlos, project manager for civil society group OneWorld.

Myanmar’s AYA Bank adopts VMware technology

MyanmarTelecom Asia — Myanmar’s Ayeyardwady Bank (AYA Bank) has contracted systems integrator NEX4 ICT Solutions to overhaul the financial service provider’s IT infrastructure. The opening of Myanmar’s economy has given rise to increased digitization of its economy, with mobile subscriptions expected to reach 38.5 million by end of 2019.

MyCHAT to get mobile payments, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times  — MyPAY will operate like a mobile wallet, and users can deposit money on the app by visiting registered cash points staffed by agents, he said, adding the firm plans to offer peer-to-peer as well as peer-to-merchant services. Its parent, MySQUAR, announced yesterday it has linked up with MyPAY, a new company specialising in solving Myanmar’s mobile payment problems.

Myanmar Millennium Group and Atos sign for banking services

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The link-up, which will bring Atos’ banking service offering to Myanmar, connects the foreign IT giant with local customers and helps MMG compete at an international level. “Atos’ banking-as-a-service is the ‘bank in the cloud’ that will revolutionise the banking sector here and drive real performance breakthroughs,” said MMG chief U Min Zeyar Hlaing in a statement.

Ooredoo Myanmar to supply free internet to universities, clinics

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Ooredoo Myanmar is preparing to give Myanmar universities and clinics free internet service, said the firm’s senior public relations manager Ma Thiri Kyar Nyo. “I cannot say when we will offer services exactly because it is under discussion, but Ooredoo will start this service in Yangon and Mandalay first,” she said.

MPT launches charge and data usage features

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The state-owned operator initiated its AOC alerts system on October 9. After every phone call, the system alerts customers to how much money they have spent and how much top-up credit remains on their phone. This makes it easier for users to spot errors in their phone bills and to monitor the impact of promotions on their calling balance.

As Myanmar’s mobile, internet penetration soar, social payments could be next

MyanmarTech in Asia — The Myanmar market is getting online micropayments through social media, thanks to a deal between Singaporean social payments company Fastacash and MyPay, a Myanmar-focused payments provider. Fastacash will make a strategic investment into MyPay, powering the latter’s payments system with its paying-through-your-social-networks tech.

Red Dot introduces payment system for secure flood drive

MyanmarMyanmar Times — One hundred percent of donated funds will go to two local NGOs:Ayeyarwady Foundation and Hero Foundation, according to the company. People can visit any Red Dot location to give money, in denominations from K500 to K10,000. So far, the initiative has brought in more than K2.6 million. The firm has also been offering free mobile phone top-up in the wake of the devastating flooding.

China Wiring Up Myanmar Internet Access

ChinaEstablishment Post — Earlier in September, Jiang Zhengxin – vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp. –revealed that the company has been contracted to construct China’s first international undersea cable linking China and Myanmar improving Myanmar internet access.

The Facebook election? Not quite yet, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — In just a few years, the proportion of Myanmar’s population with a phone connection has risen from about 10 percent to more than 40pc. It should continue to climb strongly in the coming years as the mobile industry’s three operators battle to acquire new users by spreading infrastructure to the country’s furthest corners.

Facebook Q&A: Ko Thu Ryain Shwe, National Unity Party, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — It only applies to the urban areas. For me, many people [online] know my ideas and that I am going to run via social media and online media. But only a few people from my constituency know that. If a candidate wants to launch a social media campaign targeting his or her own voters it is not the best way to campaign. But for the political parties, online campaigns are very effective.