Make or break moment for Myanmar reforms in opaque telecoms sector

A woman shows off a SIM card, which she won in a lottery, in Yangon. Photo: Reuters

Companies awarded telecommunications licences in Myanmar this week will need to spend billions of dollars rolling out networks across a country that has yet to pass a law to govern the sector and where opaque, state-owned enterprises will remain players.

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013, 12:03pm

WhatsApp, Kakao, other free messaging apps may cost telecoms billions

Kakao, a free messaging app popular in South Korea, and other internet-based messaging services are bypassing SMS gateways. Photo: AP

Global telecom operators are expected to have lost US$23 billion in SMS revenues by the end of this year as smartphone users shift to free messaging applications, an industry report said on Thursday.

21 Apr 2015 - 11:14am

2013: the year of TD wireless?

Xi Guohua, executive director & chairman of China Mobile Ltd., attends press conference of China Mobile 2012 interim results at Island Shangri-La Hotel, Admiralty on August 16, 2012. Photo: Dickson Lee

A flurry of new signals are indicating that TD will provide a welcome boost for China Mobile.

3 Oct 2012 - 12:15pm

China Telecom: French tie-up coming?

Wang Xiaochu, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of China Telecom attends China Telecom Corporation Limited annual general meeting at Conrad Hong Kong in Admiralty on May 30, 2012. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Beijing has been sending signals this year indicating it will soon open up ...

26 Sep 2012 - 11:40pm