Myanmar Times — The Norwegian mobile operator now nips at the heels of the Myanmar market’s state-owned incumbent, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), which in April said it served more than 19 million customers. Meanwhile, the country’s third operator, Qatari entrant Ooredoo Myanmar, said earlier this year it counted more than 6 million users on its network.
Telecom Asia — Telenor India is gearing up to launch LTE services across its footprint, but according to reports Telenor’s days in India’s telecom sector may be numbered. CEO Sharad Mehrotra told the Press Trust of India that the operator has already upgraded 7,000 mobile sites to LTE.
Myanmar Times— At a sustainability briefing yesterday – the third given by the Norwegian operator, which is the only telco to hold a public event discussing these issues – Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg covered major risks in the telecoms sector ranging from land issues to health and safety concerns. And though the company has taken measures to prevent violations, still it has seen tragedy strike.
Myanmar Times — The contract renews a March 2014 agreement between Ericsson and Telenor which designated the Swedish company its network supplier and managed service provider in Myanmar. This includes “deployment of 4G/LTE networks and transformation of 2G and 3G networks in Myanmar,” the company wrote in an email toThe Myanmar Times.
Myanmar Times — The Norwegian telecoms operator’s fourth-quarter results show a net subscriber growth of 1.9 million over the past three months. This equates to a SIM market share of around 37 percent, the company said. International competitor Ooredoo has yet to announce its Q4 results, but counted 4.8 million customers to its base against Telenor’s 11.8 million at the end of Q3. State incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications had 16 million users by November last year.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: GSM telecom operator Telenor said it has become the largest ‘single’ micro insurance policy provider in India, offering free life insurance scheme, Telenor Suraksha, through partner Shriram Life. Over 17 million customers of the Norway-based telco’s unit have enrolled themselves under this scheme, while around 7.8 million customers have been insured across Telenor’s circles till January.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Paving the way for mobile broadband transformation in its six circles, Telenor India on Tuesday announced commercialization of Huawei’s Lean GSM solution. The solution has been deployed in 28 cities, including Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Varanasi. It was part of the company’s 25,000-site network modernization plan, Telenor India said in a statement.
Telecom Asia — Despite losing out in Thailand’s recent 4G auctions, Telenor has no plans of exiting the Thai market, according to the company’s CEO Sigve Brekke. In an interview with the Bangkok Post, Brekke said Telenor’s Thai unit Dtac remains the company’s most lucrative subsidiary. Dtac contributed 14.4% of Telenor Group’s total revenue in Q315.
Myanmar Times — During a keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Netflix co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings said the move was “the birth of a new global internet TV network”. “With this launch, consumers around the world – from Singapore to St Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo – will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously – no more waiting,” he said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom operator Telenor said it will be adding 950 new mobile sites covering over 3,380 rural areas and upgrade the existing 3,235 sites in Bihar and Jharkhand. With this, Telenor sites will go up to 4,185 in both the states, which will help the company offer better voice quality and data speed to its customers.
Myanmar 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.
Myanmar 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.
telecompaper — Telenor Connexion, a global enabler of connected business products, announced the expansion of its business development team in Asia-Pacific to meet the growing demand for Internet of Things (IoT) in the region. As the IoT market is expected to be one of the fastest growing segments in the Asia Pacific technology industry, Telenor Connexion is expanding its business development team and appointed Mikael Lindholm to head its APAC operations.
Nation Multimedia — Telenor Digital in Thailand is committed to continuing to support DTAC (Total Access Communication) in its efforts to achieve Telenor’s “Internet for All” ambitions through the company’s global partnership agreements. This forms part of Norway-based Telenor’s vision to empower societies to provide the power of digital communication by delivering “Internet for All”, enabling everyone to improve their lives, build societies and secure a better future for all, said Karianne Melleby, vice president and head of Telenor Digital, Global Partnership.
Myanmar Times — On September 27, 2014, the firm officially became Myanmar’s third mobile operator about 8 months after it got its licence by launching services in Mandalay on 70 sites. Its foreign rival, Ooredoo Myanmar, had arrived in the city several weeks prior, also beating Telenor to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon. The road to rollout had been potholed by issues with building permits and weather. Telenor missed its October 5 deadline to turn on in Yangon, but the company took its time in the name of network quality.
Digital News Asia — THE GSM Association (GSMA) has established the ‘Mobile IoT Initiative,’ a new project backed by 26 of the world’s leading mobile operators including Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), Ooredoo and Telenor, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), as well as chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The project is designed to address the use of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum, the GSMA said in a statement.
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 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 — 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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Uninor may have faced existential challenges in India but all those are behind and the telecom operator is looking to grow its presence in the country through sharing and trading of airwaves, said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, outgoing CEO of the company’s Norwegian parent Telenor.
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 — “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.”
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.
Digital News Asia — TELENOR Group subsidiaries Digi in Malaysia and dtac in Thailand have launched its Capture app, which allows users to save and share photos and video from any device through the Telenor cloud. Capture provides online storage to save, see, and share photos and videos from smartphones, tablets, cameras, and PCs via the Telenor cloud, Telenor said in a statement.
Myanmar Times — The state-owned telco had formerly maintained the highest per-minute prices after the launch of Telenor and Ooredoo. Although the providers offer different packages, Telenor and Ooredoo both charge K25 a minute for base tariffs, while MPT had charged K35 a minute for users of its Swe Thahar plan.
State-owned MPT is still the mobile phone market leader, claiming 65 percent of all SIMs in the market, though its foreign rivals are also growing rapidly. MPT was the sole telecoms service provider until August last year, when it was joined by first Ooredoo and then Telenor. As of the end of March, MPT had 18.4 million SIMs in the market, while Ooredoo had 3.3 million SIMs and Telenor 6.4 million SIMs, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology permanent secretary U Khin Maung Thet said.
Facebook, in collaboration with local partner Telenor, announced today that Internet.org is available for users in Pakistan. The initiative is part of a campaign to make the internet accessible and affordable to the two-thirds of the world that remain offline. Mobile users from Pakistan will now have free access to an array of services, including health, education, finance, news, and jobs. Some of the sites included in the initiative are ESPN Cricinfo, BBC,Accuweather, OLX, and UNICEF Facts for Life.
The tax, while currently on the books, has not been enforced due to a sector-wide exemption, said MCIT director U Than Tun Aung. “The commercial tax has been implemented last year but because at that time the telecoms sector has been tremendously improving … the Union Government as well as the Parliament decided to give benefits to the population first, so they gave the industry a one-year exemption for the commercial tax,” he said at the Nay Pyi Taw press event yesterday. That exemption will close soon as an amendment to the Commercial Tax Law came into force on April 1, said an MCIT press release.
Several companies have made an initial bid and are now carrying out the due diligence process on MTC, according to a source at one of the companies, who did not want to be named as the matter is sensitive. MTC and Yoma Strategic both declined to comment. Digicel Group first came to Myanmar with a view to securing one of two international telecommunications licences tendered by the government, which were eventually won by Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo.