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.
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.
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.
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.
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.