Myanmmar gets its first high-speed 4G service

MyanmarMIS Asia — Residents and visitors to Myanmar are now able to access the internet at 4G speeds, thanks to Nokia and telecommunications company Ooredoo Myanmar. Communications and information technology company Nokia has upgraded Ooredoo Myanmar’s existing 3G network using the Nokia Single RAN and Packet Core platforms. This initial 4G roll-out was completed under three months.

Ooredoo launches global submarine cable in Qatar

QatarA new Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system has been launched by telecom company Ooredoo, linking the major internet hubs of the three continents to Qatar. The 25,000km submarine cable is the third longest and one of the highest capacity systems under deployment on a global scale, according to The Peninsula.

Ooredoo completes landing of SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system

Qataralbawaba — Marking a major step towards the completion of a technological and global communications breakthrough, Ooredoo became the only operator in the Sultanate to conclude the landing of the Southeast-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system.

Ooredoo Maldives readies fixed broadband services with Alepo

MaldivesTelecom Asia — Ooredoo Maldives has selected Alepo to provide a fixed broadband charging and customer care solution for its nationwide fixed broadband network. The introduction of fixed broadband services — realized by a new fiber optic submarine cable — is expected to strengthen Ooredoo Maldives’ positioning as the most advanced fixed mobile service provider in the SAARC region.

Ooredoo Myanmar to launch 4G this month

MyanmarTelecom Asia — Ooredoo Myanmar has revealed plans to launch 4G services in two cities this month, becoming the first operator to introduce 4G into the market. Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Rene Meza told the Myanmar Times that the operator plans to introduce 4G in Yangon and Mandalay first.

Ooredoo user growth rate doubles

MyanmarMyanmar Times — In the October to December period, the Qatari operator added twice the subscribers it had gained over the three months to September 30, 2015, a dramatic improvement in its user acquisition rate.Facing stiff competition in the market, Ooredoo recently switched its strategy and began deploying a new, mass-market approach, a move Ooredoo CEO Rene Meza said has paid off.

Redlink hits back over spectrum auction concerns

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Multinational telcos Telenor and Ooredoo have raised concerns that selling more spectrum before the completion of a roadmap charting its allocation would be hasty. But Redlink vice chair and co-founder U Thein Than Toe said both operators have gone live in the Myanmar market without the finalisation of certain rules – and that these international firms want to keep challengers down.

Qatar’s Ooredoo posts 555% rise in Q4 profits

QatarTtimes of India — DUBAI: Qatari telecom operator Ooredoo reported a 555% rise in fourth-quarter net profit on Wednesday. The former monopoly, which operates in about a dozen territories across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, had reported declining profits in six of the preceding nine quarters as foreign exchange losses and plunging earnings from conflict-torn Iraq outweighed a strong domestic performance.

Ooredoo Promotes “Internet of Things” Solutions with New Service Launches

QatarIoT Business News — Ooredoo is promoting its success in further developing its Machine-to-Machine (M2M)and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio for customers across its footprint at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Demand for IoT/M2M solutions, which enable business assets to communicate directly with each other or with a central command centre, is rising strongly, as more companies look to automate day-to-day activities.

Ooredoo Promotes “Internet of Things” Solutions with New Service Launches

Ooredoo Records Intent to Work With Cisco on Network Functions Virtualization

QatarMarketwired — BARCELONA, SPAIN: Today at GSMA Mobile World Congress, Cisco announced that Ooredoo, a leading communications company with operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, has agreed to create a relationship with Cisco to set Ooredoo’s roadmap for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployments and to deliver Virtual Managed Services (VMS) to the Qatar market.

New spectrum auction ‘rushed’: Telenor, Ooredoo

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Myanmar telecoms companies have been waiting for more spectrum – but an announcement about an upcoming auction has raised concerns, as there is no finalised plan for how it will be managed. The government released a draft version of its Spectrum Roadmap early this month, at nearly the same time it posted information about a potential plan to auction 140 megahertz of spectrum in a channel known as the 2600MHz band.

Netflix streams into Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar 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.

Ooredoo partners with Huawei Marine to power Digital Maldives

MaldivesEnterprise Innovation — Ooredoo Maldives has partnered with Huawei Marine for a $25-million project to deploy a nationwide fiber optic submarine cable, which will support the Maldive’s broadband policy of making the country the most advanced country in ICT across the SAARC region. The nationwide submarine cable, which utilizes Huawei Marine’s 100G Technology, stretches across 1,200 kilometers and is expected to bring about key enhancements to the quality of Internet connectivity that can be provided across the country.

Ooredoo launches USD 25 mln nationwide submarine cable project

MaldivesHaveeru — Telecom giant Ooredoo Maldives launched a joint project of USD 25 million with China’s Huawei Marine Networks late Tuesday to digitally connect the whole Maldives via fibre optic submarine communication cables. The project, which aims to significantly enhance the quality of the Maldives’ internet connection, was officially launched by home minister Umar Naseer at a ceremony held in Hotel Jen.

Indosat Ooredoo launches 4Gplus service

IndonesiaTelecom Asia — Indonesia’s’ Indosat Ooredoo has launched LTE-Advanced services in the market branded as 4Gplus. The newly-renamed operator is offering the service at no extra charge compared to its existing 3G services, reported. The company said independent tests show the network is capable of download speeds of up to 185Mbps.

Ooredoo Group and Alcatel-Lucent Sign Five-year Frame Supply Agreement for Ultra-broadband IP Transport Networks

APACPRNewswire — DOHA, Qatar: Ooredoo Group has signed a frame supply agreement with Alcatel-Lucent, extending and reinforcing the existing long-term collaboration between both companies. The agreement covers the technology evolution and latest innovations relating to ultra-broadband IP and transport networks. This contract will extend for five years and will benefit operations across the Ooredoo footprint inMiddle East, Africa and Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Ooredoo Group Signs 5-year Frame Agreement with Ericsson for Radio, Core and Transmission Solutions

APACPRNewswire — DOHA, Qatar: Ooredoo Group and Ericsson have signed a frame agreement for the supply of radio, core and transmission solutions, as well as related implementation and integration services. The group frame agreement includes radio, core and transmission equipment as well as related services. The agreement also covers Ericsson’s Software model with its predefined software value packages, which ensures better performance and reduces time to market for new functionalities.

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.

Qatar telecom operator offers free data services for WeChat Myanmar

MyanmarWant China Times — Qatar-based telecom operator Ooredoo Myanmar has offered free data services for the WeChat Myanmar app under a partnership program between the two communication apps, an official report said Tuesday. Under a joint promotion program launched in Yangon by Ooredoo Myanmar and WeChat Myanmar, Ooredoo will waive data usage fee for the instant messaging app starting Monday.

Ooredoo launches smart city in the Maldives

MaldivesEnterprise Innovation — Ooredoo recently launched its smart city initiative in the Maldives, committing to connect the nation with smart solutions aimed at enriching the lives of the population. To kick start the initiative, Ooredoo announced the introduction of its Wi-Fi Hangout Areas across prime spots in the capital city including hospitals, ferry terminals, youth center and cafés.

GSMA’s low-power network initiative to boost IoT growth

APACDigital 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.

Ooredoo Continues to Enhance Data Market Leadership

APACPRNewswire Asia — DOHA, Qatar: Ooredoo continues to enhance its data market leadership across its global footprint, with its Ooredoo Maldives operation receiving an Internet Service Provider Licence from the Communication Authority of the Maldives (CAM) earlier this month. With the new licence, Ooredoo Maldives will be able to offer a new range of fixed line services, including business and home Internet, Ooredoo Fibre and Ooredoo Cloud.

Internet crawls due to fibre cuts, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar 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.

Results reveal Ooredoo falling further behind rival Telenor

MyanmarMyanmar 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.

Tender started for fourth mobile licence, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar 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.

MPT undercuts rivals with cost reduction

MyanmarMyanmar 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.

Mobile penetration reaches half the country, from Myanmar

MyanmarState-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.

Ooredoo lowers internet costs, from Myanmar

MyanmarThe company’s new “Phalan Phalan Internet” plan arrives as the telco gears up for fresh expansion into Myanmar’s more remote territories. Earlier this year, the firm lowered its calling rate to K20 a minute, K5 below Telenor’s rate. Ooredoo’s Norwegian rival had set pay-as-you-go internet rates through its standard My Internet package at K6 per megabyte.

Three telcos to levy 5% tax on top-up

MyanmarThe 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.

Myanmar Tower Co in talks for firm’s sale

MyanmarSeveral 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.