The old business model for internet cafes is no longer working. In the previous era of bad connections, internet cafes served primarily to hook up users with services like Facebook and Gmail, charging for access to the online world.
Ooredoo Myanmar will allow its users a free download of WeChat, the chat application from Chinese goliath Tencent, as well as 200 megabytes of free use for the app over the next two months.
A newly published draft telecommunications master plan has been met with praise from civil society organisations – but also calls for beefed-up human rights considerations and further clarity on issues such as privacy and policy execution.
Daw Ni Ni Mar considers herself to be the owner of a snack shop. She once considered herself to also be the owner of a phone shop, charging people to make calls on her phone, but her income from that business has dropped and it is barely worth keeping the phone plugged in.