Myanmar’s telecommunications firms are stepping up efforts to help customers register their SIM cards by next year’s deadline to avoid having their cards blocked.
Yangon innovation lab Phandeeyar welcomed the six teams selected for its accelerator program last week. The young tech entrepreneurs have US$25,000 and six months to prepare to pitch investors with start-up ideas ranging from an online comic reading app to a microloan platform.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications will conduct a field study to make sure local and foreign firms have followed rules on building mobile communication stations and towers, following complaints from residents about noise pollution, Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung has said.
Amid Samsung’s global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the electronics giant’s local distributor said yesterday that customers who have pre-ordered the device locally would receive a safety-tested working model in October.
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.