MPT wins award for fastest mobile network in Myanmar

MPT has beat competitors Telenor and Ooredoo to take the prize for fastest mobile network in Myanmar for the second year in a row. The award was bestowed by Ookla’s Speedtest Awards in September. Using an online bandwidth test developed by Ookla, thousands of smartphone users were able to gauge their download and upload speeds ...

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Drone footage shows vast scale of Rohingya refugee crisis

Drone footage shows vast scale of Rohingya refugee crisis

The Disasters Emergency Committee, a UK-based umbrella organization for aid agencies, has released a video showing the vast scale of the Rohingya refugee crisis. The footage...

Shwedagon security snatch filmmaker’s $1400 drone out of the air, keep it forever

Shwedagon security snatch filmmaker’s $1400 drone out of the air, keep it forever

A filmmaker’s reverie in the spectacle of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda was abruptly cut short on Sunday when his drone began disobeying his orders and fluttered into the hands...

Myanmar army ‘hides’ Facebook posts on Rakhine operations

Myanmar army ‘hides’ Facebook posts on Rakhine operations

Facebook posts detailing the early days of the ongoing military operations in Rakhine State are no longer visible on the Facebook page of Myanmar’s Office of the...

Social media ‘hate speech’ aggravating Rohingya crisis: US official

Social media ‘hate speech’ aggravating Rohingya crisis: US official

Hate speech and misinformation on social media have amplified ethnic tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, a US official said Friday, urging the country’s “better...

Rohingya sympathizers hack Myanmar Rice Federation website

Rohingya sympathizers hack Myanmar Rice Federation website

Myanmar has come under attack once again by hackers purporting to be sympathizers with the Rohingya cause. This time, the website of the Myanmar Rice Federation – the...

HACKED: Myanmar govt website reads ‘Stop killing Muslims’

HACKED: Myanmar govt website reads ‘Stop killing Muslims’

At least five Myanmar government websites have come under cyber-attack by an entity claiming to oppose the country’s “killing” of Muslims. According to the...

Grab announces new initiatives including Zawgyi/Unicode in-app duality and GrabVenue

Grab announces new initiatives including Zawgyi/Unicode in-app duality and GrabVenue

Following a four-month beta trial in Yangon, Singapore-based ride-hailing service Grab has announced a series of Myanmar-specific initiatives that will help “bring a five-star...

MPT users report sim card registration mix-ups

MPT users report sim card registration mix-ups

Months after the nationwide sim card registration deadline kerfuffle, several MPT users are now reporting that their sim cards were registered under other people’s National...

MPT launches LTE+ services in three different cities, hopes to expand to over thirty by September

MPT launches LTE+ services in three different cities, hopes to expand to over thirty by September

State-owned network Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has seen a 3 million user increase over the last year, the organization said at a press conference yesterday, as...


 

Coconuts Yangon Tech

Like much else in Myanmar, tech is a fast-changing industry. Economic reforms, including the entrance of two foreign telecommunications firms in 2014, have given way to a spirit of innovation coinciding with widespread internet access. The tech hub Phandeeyar makes the news every every couple of months after it helps launch a new app, whether it be about local restaurants or Burmese slang. Like in many parts of the world, debate and discussion about gender often arise within the Myanmar tech world, hopefully resulting in a more equitable distribution of the fruits of the country’s tech boom.