Having spent the past half a century under military rule and engaged in civil wars at the same time, Myanmar remains one of the poorest countries in the world in terms of infrastructure development, and also development of basic needs of the citizens, which includes telecommunication services, health care and also higher education opportunity as well. However, this once self-imposed isolated country is now undergoing series of political, social and economic reforms that promises boundless opportunities for international trade and investment.
In the past, state-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) was the sole provider of Mobile Telecommunication services in Myanmar. And the only Internet service provider Yataraporn Teleport (YPT). To improve, telecommunications sector two additional Mobile Telecommunication service licence was awarded to Telenor of Norway & Ooredoo, a sister concern of Qatar Telecom. Both Telenor & Ooredoo are working hard to keep their promises and expected to bring 3G Mobile Services by October this year.
The potential in this Telecommunication market is immense. High ambitions have already been set by the current Union Government to increase the tele-density from the current 3% to 50% by 2015. It is also important to bear in mind that, long term returns of investment is not granted here, even though Myanmar has a large population, majority of which leaves in remote and coastal areas.
Although the literacy rate very low and the people are saturated in a very big country, Telecom services are bringing a new dawn in Myanmar. Younger generation and the urban peoples are very much excited with this hope.
Mehedi Hasan Sumon