AVAILABLE SERVICES IN MYANMAR

Although the first internet connections were established back in 2000, internet services in Myanmar still remain unstable. However, a telecoms boom has been experienced in the last few years, dramatically changing the situation in the country’s telecoms market. Strong growth is expected over the next decade although at a slower rate due to increasing maturity.

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DETAILS

The Internet penetration rate was 40% by the end of 2019. Although an increasing number of cities across the country have access to the Internet, the number of users outside Yangon and Mandalay is still scarce. Fixed-line is just 1%, while mobile-cellular is 110 per 100 and shows great potential.

TELECOMS MARKET

Myanmar’s mobile market has grown very rapidly in the last few years, thanks to the entry of new competitors in the market, increasing the number of operators to four. This has dramatically increased market competition. By 2019 the mobile market was close to saturation with greater competition over data prices. Fixed broadband penetration remains very low because the number of fixed lines is extremely limited, and the prevalence of the mobile platform. Operators are also reluctant to invest in fixed broadband infrastructure. Nevertheless, by 2019 a number of new fixed broadband service providers were started, using fibre for fixed line broadband access. Over the next years, the market is expected to grow strongly, but overall market penetration will still be extremely low compared to other Asian nations.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Myanmar’s economic growth rate recovered from a low growth under 6% in 2011 but has been volatile during the past few years. Abundant natural resources and young labor force have the potential to attract foreign investment in the energy, garment, information technology, and food and beverage sectors. The government is focusing on accelerating agricultural productivity and land reforms, modernizing and opening the financial sector, and developing transportation and electricity infrastructure. The government has also taken steps to improve transparency in the mining and oil sectors.

Despite these improvements, living standards have not improved for the majority of the people residing in rural areas. Myanmar remains one of the poorest countries in Asia – approximately 26% of the country’s 51 million people live in poverty. The isolationist policies and economic mismanagement of previous governments have left poor infrastructure, endemic corruption, underdeveloped human resources, and inadequate access to capital, which will require a major commitment to reverse. The Government has been slow to address impediments to economic development such as unclear land rights, a restrictive trade licensing system, an opaque revenue collection system, and an antiquated banking system.

LOCAL PROVIDERS

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INCUMBENT OPERATOR

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is the first and leading telecommunications company in Myanmar, providing both fixed and mobile telecommunication services to people and enterprises of Myanmar. Today, it operates a nationwide network infrastructure, with the widest mobile network coverage of 96% throughout Myanmar. In July 2014, MPT signed a Joint Operations Agreement with KSGM, whose ultimate ownership is held by KDDI Corporation & Sumitomo Corporation. Together, these companies have committed to invest over 2 billion dollars to accelerate the development of MPT and Myanmar’s telecommunications industry. This commitment is among the largest historical Japanese investments in the country.

DATACENTERS IN MYANMAR

ACE Data Systems
Building 5, Room 9-11, Myanmar Info-Tech,
Yangon

KDDI Telehouse
La Pyayt Wun Plaza, No.37, Alanpya Pagoda Road, 10th Floor,
Dagon Township, Yangon*

*Please note that this may not be the exact location of the data center

MICTDC
Myanmar ICT Development Corporation Limited
Main building, ICT Park, Universities’ Hlaing Campus,
Hlaing Township, Yangon

TrueIDC
Building 17, Ground Floor, MICT Park, Hlaing University Campus,
Hlaing Township, Yangon

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