The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 21 August 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Smart phones in hand, patrons logoff Yangon’s internet cafes

The boom in mobile phones is echoing in the empty spaces of Yangon’s internet cafes, owners say.

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Internet providers mull a more competitive future

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) say they are preparing for competition as the sector liberalises to allow entrants in the future, though insiders say Telenor and Ooredoo’s emphasis on their mobile rollout may buy fixed-line ISPs some breathing room.

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Recording Studios Move to Digital Mixers

With digital and other high-end recording equipment newly available to local audiophiles, recording studios and musicians around Yangon are making the upgrade.

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Telcos’ rollout challenges outlined

Securing the leases and licenses required to build thousands of cell towers is the next major hurdle for the telecoms firms setting up shop in Myanmar, according to Edwin Vanderbruggen, a partner at legal advisory firm VDB Loi, which is working with one of the telecoms firms.

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SIM draws fail to quash black market

Despite the roll-out of K1500 SIMs which began in April, Yangon phone vendors say frustrated customers are continuing to turn to the black market for SIM cards – and in some cases, they say, the release of cheap SIMs has only encouraged their resale.

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Black market SIM prices up K30,000 since launch

Mobile phone stores say the prices of SIM cards in Yangon’s black market are rising, as high demand leaves buyers at the mercy of unofficial sellers.

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Qatari telco sets sights on 3G

Qatar-based telco Ooredoo aims to launch 3G mobile services in Myanmar next year, rolling out coverage of 35 to 40 percent of the population in the first year of operations.

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July batch of GSM SIMs sold out in Mandalay

The newly released mobile phone GSM SIM cards that went on sale in Mandalay Region on July 25 are now sold out, officials say.

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Black market GSM prices skyrocket amid rampant demand

Demand for the newly released GSM SIMs continues to hugely outstrip supply – with cards released on July 25 selling last week for up to 100 times their face value.

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Broken cable means slow(er) internet this month

A fault in an underwater cable linking Myanmar internet users to the outside world means connections will be slower than usual for about a month.

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