Myanmar (Burma) - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Myanmar sees the entry of a fourth Mobile Operator

There has been a significant change to the telecom landscape over the past few years. This began with the entry of two foreign operators joining the former monopoly operator, Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT).

In 2017 they were joined by Myanmar National Tele & Communications (MNTC). MNTC will operate under the ‘Mytel’ brand name and make use of existing telecoms infrastructure currently owned or used by sister company MECTel.

Myanmar remains one of the last underdeveloped telecommunication markets in Asia, however this gap is being bridged quickly with a focus on mobile services and exploding growth in that sector. Mynanmar’s mobile market has experienced very rapid growth from 2013 to 2017, driven by the entry of three new competitors in the market. This has dramatically increased market competition. As the market is close to reaching maturity, a significant slowdown in growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022.

The fixed broadband market remains highly underdeveloped, mainly due to the dominance of the mobile platform and an unwillingness by operators to invest in fixed broadband infrastructure.

Mobile broadband has experienced very strong growth over the past few years, driven by rapid growth in the mobile sector. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years however at a slower rate due to increasing maturity in the market. The limited footprint of the nation’s fixed line networks and the limited access to PCs has kept fixed broadband penetration low, but created huge demand for data services on smartphones.

Key developments:

  • Myanmar remains one of the last underdeveloped telecoms markets in Asia.
  • However this gap is being bridged quickly with a focus on mobile services.
  • The number of mobile operators has increased from one to four over the past few years.
  • This has dramatically increased market competition.
  • The fixed broadband market remains highly underdeveloped.
  • Mobile broadband has experienced very strong growth over the past few years.

Companies mentioned in this report

Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT); Telenor Myanmar; Ooredoo Myanmar; KDDI; Sumitomo; SingTel, Digicel; Qatar Telecom; Viettel Group; Vodafone, Myanmar National Tele & Communications (MNTC).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
    • 3.1 Background
    • 3.2 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
    • 3.3 Political and social changes in Myanmar
    • 3.4 Censorship
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
    • 4.2 Investment in telecom sector
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Market liberalisation process
    • 5.4 Telecommunications Law - 2013
    • 5.5 Telecom Master Plan
    • 5.6 Licensing – Fixed Services
    • 5.7 Corruption investigations
    • 5.8 Government control of the internet
    • 5.9 Fibre access
  • 6. Competition issues
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Fixed-line statistics
      • 7.1.1 Fibre networks
    • 7.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
    • 7.3 National backbone network
    • 7.4 Mobile towers
    • 7.5 International infrastructure
      • 7.5.1 Satellite
      • 7.5.2 Submarine
      • 7.5.3 Terrestrial cables
      • 7.5.4 Other developments
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Market Developments
    • 8.3 Internet statistics
    • 8.4 Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
      • 8.4.1 Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP)
    • 8.5 Broadband statistics
    • 8.6 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2017; 2019; 2022
      • 8.6.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
    • 8.7 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 9. Mobile market
        • 9.1 Mobile statistics
        • 9.2 Mobile data
        • 9.3 Mobile broadband
        • 9.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2017; 2019; 2022
        • 9.5 Mobile Regulatory issues
          • 9.5.1 SIM cards
          • 9.5.2 Mobile operators - 2013
          • 9.5.3 Spectrum
      • 10. Mobile infrastructure
        • 10.1 3G
        • 10.2 4G LTE
      • 11. Major mobile operators
        • 11.1 Operators
        • 11.2 Myanmar P&T (MPT)
        • 11.3 Ooredoo
          • 11.3.1 Overview
          • 11.3.2 Financials
          • 11.3.3 4G Network
        • 11.4 Telenor
          • 11.4.1 Overview
          • 11.4.2 Service launch and expansion
          • 11.4.3 4G Network
        • 11.5 Myanmar National Tele & Communications (MNTC)
      • 12. Digital economy
        • 12.1 e-Banking
      • 13. Digital Media
        • 13.1 Broadcasting market
      • 14. Related reports
      • Table 1 – Country statistics Myanmar – 2017
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 3 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 5 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 6 – Historical - fixed-line subscribers, penetration, annual change – 1990, 1995 - 2005
      • Table 7 – Fixed-line subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 8 – Internet penetration – 2007 - 2018
      • Table 9 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1999 - 2016
      • Table 10 – Historic - Internet penetration users and penetration– 1999 – 2016
      • Table 11 – Internet household penetration – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 12 – Proportion of households with a computer– 2007 - 2017
      • Table 13 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 14 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 15 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2012 - 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Table 16 – Historical - mobile subscribers, penetration and annual change – 1995 - 2005
      • Table 17 – Mobile subscribers, penetration and annual change – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 18 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
      • Table 19 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 20 – Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates – 2012 - 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Table 21 – Mobile operator by system launch
      • Table 22 – Mobile market share by operator - 2017
      • Table 23 – Mobile market share by operator – 2016
      • Table 24 –MPT launch and system
      • Table 25 – MPT subscribers – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 26 – Ooredoo mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 27 – Ooredoo mobile ARPU – 2014 - 2015
      • Table 28 – Telenor mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 29 – Historic - Telenor mobile ARPU – 2014 - 2015
      • Table 30 – Key broadcasting statistics
      • Chart 1 - Fixed-line subscribers, penetration and annual change - 2006 - 2017
      • Chart 2 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2012 - 2017
      • Chart 3 - Forecast fixed broadband penetration rates – 2012 - 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Chart 4 - Mobile subscribers and annual change - 2008 - 2017
      • Chart 5 - Mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
      • Chart 6 - Forecast mobile penetration – 2012 - 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Chart 7 - Mobile market share by operator - 2017

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