Seven foreign companies have expressed interest in establishing a joint venture that will become Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator, with applicants representing Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).
The government has released draft guidelines on international gateway services – which connect the networks of different countries – in a move industry officials say will help boost competition and lower prices in Myanmar’s telecoms market.
Netflix – the world’s largest internet television network – has come to Myanmar as part of the firm’s expansion into 130 new countries. But slow download speeds and expensive data fees mean Myanmar’s DVD shops are not under threat from online streaming just yet.
Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has built over 500 telecoms towers in Mandalay Region in 2015, officials told media in the country’s second-largest city last week.