Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Telenor and MPT apply for spectrum auction

Telecoms companies Telenor and state-owned MPT will be among the potential bidders at a long-awaited auction for more broadband spectrum next month, while rival telco Ooredoo has decided to wait for a separate auction it expects to happen later in the year.

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Ooredoo hits half a million on 4G

Ooredoo has racked up half a million 4G users since it became the first telecoms operator to roll out fourth-generation services in Myanmar in May, and is looking forward to a planned spectrum auction that would help it expand coverage, chief executive Rene Meza told The Myanmar Times.

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SIM card registration to be enforced in 2017

Mobile phone users will have to register their SIM cards starting next April, the government says. The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced yesterday in state-owned media that starting on March 31, 2017, all unregistered SIM cards will be blocked.

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Ooredoo counts over 8 million users

Ooredoo has racked up more than 8 million users in Myanmar according to the company’s second-quarter results – a 1.1 million increase on the previous quarter.

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Myanmar microfinance could see fintech first

Blockchain technology – long touted for its revolutionary potential in the world of finance – could be coming to Myanmar, where a local company is hoping to become one of the first microfinance firms in the world to use a blockchain-based core banking system.

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Firms race to sell 4G smartphones

Hot on the heels of the launch of 4G services in Myanmar’s major cities, phone manufacturers are racing to introduce compatible handsets to a market they believe is hungry for faster connections.

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Telenor’s customer expansion slows in Q2 results

Telenor Myanmar’s subscriber count grew to 16.9 million customers, the company announced yesterday, with new users coming to the Norwegian mobile operator at their slowest-ever rate.

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Computer federation applies to build 300-acre Yangon IT zone

The Myanmar Computer Federation has applied to develop a 300-acre ICT park in Yangon’s eastern Thanlyin township, which it hopes will rival the successful MICT Park in Hlaing township.

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Ministry puts mobile penetration at 90 percent

Since Myanmar’s telecoms revolution began in 2014, the number of internet users has risen from 2 million to more than 39 million, while the number of SIM cards in circulation has risen by almost 400 percent, according to government figures.

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Fourth telco talks hit sticking points

Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator should have applied for its licence by now, according to a proposed timeline released earlier this year by its joint-venture formation committee.

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