Both of Myanmar’s foreign telecommunications operators have chosen contractors to help build the necessary towers as part of their multi-billion-dollar networks, but experts caution land issues could prove a significant barrier.
The World Bank is set to work alongside the Ministry of Communications and Technology on new laws and policies that will protect the civil liberties of consumers in the country’s growing telecommunications networks.
The black market in SIM cards appears to be on the brink of extinction. Now that Ooredoo and Telenor have been selected as operators to develop the nationwide mobile network, savvy customers are waiting to go legit.
Tech experts and enthusiasts alike gathered in Yangon this weekend for the city’s annual BarCamp conference. Held at MICT Park from 1-2 February, the community based tech gathering attracted over five thousand people, according to organizers.
Internet provider Redlink says it has big plans to expand its business as soon as the laws allow private companies to offer online access independent of state-run Yadanarpon Teleport.
The boom in mobile phones is echoing in the empty spaces of Yangon’s internet cafes, owners say.
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.