Myanmar Times — The young people, who are between 20 and 35 years old, have adopted the name Myanmar Online Family and started a website. The founders are from six cities – Mandalay, Yangon, Mogok, Myingyan, Kyaukse and Nyaung Oo. Ko Phyo Nyi Nyi, a founder, said the association would like to position itself as an arbitrating voice between consumers and mobile companies. He pointed to improving coverage and a range of companies entering the country, including Huawei, Samsung, Oppo and Vivo.
Myanmar Times — The “Shwe Myinttar” plan will allow for on-net calls at K21 per minute, off-net calls at K22 per minute, and internet at K6 for 1 megabyte. The plan is only slightly cheaper than its existing fees of K22 per minute on-net, K23 per minute off-net and K3 for one minute of internet, which has been in place since August 12. Its rates were previously as high as K50 per minute for calls. MecTel users can sign up by texting “SMT” to SMS number 233.
Telecom Asia — ITU has deployed emergency satellite phones and other communications equipment to Myanmar in the wake of severe flooding that has affected over 1 million people. The UN agency has sent gear including Iridium satellite phones, Inmarsat satellite terminals and laptops to support rescue and relief coordination efforts.
Myanmar Times — Internet troubles seem to have started earlier for state-owned Myanma Post and Telecommunications (MPT) and international competitor Telenor Myanmar, than Qatari firm Ooredoo Myanmar. MPT ran into technical difficulties on August 13 around Myawaddy, where the firm connects to Thailand. On the morning of August 14, COO of the firm’s joint operation Yoshiaki Benino said that a fibre cable had been cut somewhere in the jungle and had already been fixed.
Myanmar Time — The state-owned operator, which prior to 2014 had a corner on the telecoms market as its only player, currently leads Myanmar’s three-horse race for users with more than 14 million customers at the end of July. Telenor reported more than 10 million users in July and Ooredoo, 4.3 million at the end of June. The firm targets 70 percent area coverage this fiscal year.
Myanmar Times — The department will work with Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) to allow tax payments to be processed online, according to the union’s chief executive U Zaw Lin Htut. “The cooperative system will allow large taxpayers to avoid travelling to Nay Pyi Taw for tax, and they will be able to pay via e-commerce,” he said.
Korea Times — Samsung Electronics is considering building facilities in Myanmar to make home appliances. It is part of efforts to respond to rising labor costs in China and Vietnam. “Samsung Electronics is considering building plants to produce white goods in Myanmar as the company has been seeking new manufacturing posts to cut labor costs and improve efficiency,” sources told The Korea Times, Monday.
Myanmar Times — Home-grown internet has received a boost that could help users get what they want from the internet faster. Though a sizeable chunk of Myanmar’s internet content currently still has to be imported, a new crop of servers has sprung up that will keep some of it nearby – making it faster and easier to get to. According to American internet performance firm Dyn, both Norway’s Telenor and local company Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) have gone live with Google Global Cache (GGC).
Myanmar Times — Across the street and under the flyover, people sing and collect donations for those that the disaster has impacted. Meanwhile, inside at a coffee shop on August 3, Nex Android engineer and product manager Ko Swan Htet Aung and Google Developer Group Yangon community manager Ko Ye Lin Aung spoke about the local tech community’s efforts to do its part.
Myanmar Times — The flooding – the worst some residents say they have seen in decades – has damaged equipment and in some cases completely submerged tower sites, Ooredoo, Telenor and Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) said this week. Telenor Myanmar said on August 3 that around 30 to 35 sites were inaccessible out of more than 2500 – meaning 1.2 percent of its sites were in trouble.
Myanmar Times — Ooredoo and Telenor, which recently announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, have been locked in fierce competition, along with state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) in a battle for users across the increasingly connected country. Ooredoo said in a July 29 press release it had racked up 4.3 million Myanmar customers by the end of June – representing an increase of 1 million users over the previous quarter.
Myanmar Times — “[I’d like to talk] a little bit about the ongoing discussion on how telecom operators in Myanmar are influencing the economy, and to touch upon a few facts,” he said at a media briefing last week. His comments come as the Central Bank of Myanmar launches an investigation into the use of US dollars by banks and corporations following a dollar shortage in Myanmar over the past few months.
Myanmar Times — The winning proposal will ultimately be partnered with a foreign company, and will likely compete head to head against Telenor, Ooredoo and MPT, which have all received integrated licences already. Speculation has surrounded which companies would receive a fourth licence that was first announced in passing in state media in June 2013.
Myanmar Times — State-owned Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) said they had closed sales to focus on “expanding capacity” and increasing broadband speed. Despite their efforts Myanmar’s internet remains frustratingly slow. The country is ranked 159 out of 198 by Net Index for consumer download speed, averaging five megabits per second (MBps).
Myanmar Times — “The biggest surprise for Telenor is that 55 percent of our customers are data users on a monthly basis – most on smartphones,” he said. “Yes, Myanmar people like to talk – they are talking more and more. But more interesting is that the growth of data is much quicker than the growth of voice. Voice traffic grew 93pc from January to June, but data usage grew 196pc over the same period.”
PRNewswire — SEOUL, South Korea: CDNetworks has announced today that it has expanded its reach in Mainland Southeast Asia with a new global telecommunications business and newly established CDNetworks points of presence (PoPs) in Myanmar in partnership with its parent company KDDI Group (KDDI). CDNetworks’ PoP in Myanmar increases network coverage to 13 locations throughout Mainland South-east Asia.
The 15-year licence, signed by the Posts and Telecommunications Department under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, permits FPT’s fully-owned local subsidiary FPT Myanmar to build a nationwide network infrastructure and offer fixed telecom and internet service as well as value-added services, the company said.
The June report said Myanmar augmented its mobile subscriptions count by 5 million on net over the past quarter. This figure puts Myanmar in third place for net additions behind India, whose base increased by 26 million, and China, which upped its subscriptions tally by 8 million in Q1.
Myanmar Times — Currently, the Norwegian firm’s Kayah State towers are clustered around its largest city Loikaw, but Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg said it is still early days for local coverage. “We are still in a very early stage of our rollout in Kayah, but we assure customers that we will continue investing in both sites and fiber solutions to deliver a solid internet and voice coverage in the coming months,” he said in a press release.
Myanmar Times — And though still determined to steer clear of “meaningless” price wars, the firm has cut calling rates for its Swe Thahar and CDMA customers to K23 per minute, which undercut standard tariffs from its foreign competitors, Ooredoo and Telenor. The telco’s target – more than 5000 base stations by spring 2016 – would mean MPT’s service coverage would blanket about 70 percent of Myanmar’s geographical area and more than 90pc of its people, according to Mr Nagashima.