Burmese students access the web at an Internet cafe in Yangon.
Reposted from asiancorrespondent.com
By Chan Myae Khine
Much of the news and debate surrounding Burma these days is on peace and conflict in the nation, and analysis of politics, corruption and civil war. However, issues such as technology and the Internet in Burma seem to fly under the news radar.
The Internet market in Burma is not a vibrant one, but technologists and entrepreneurs are becoming more hopeful that it is just a matter of time before the people of Burma can buy and sell online. Investors are coming to Burma in droves, but so far there is now method of online payment.
There is no online banking system in Burma, although ATMs have been available since last year. PayPal has yet to make its services available in Burma. More…
Reposted from The Daily Star
Analysts take part in a roundtable — Bridging the internet usage gap: urban and rural areas — organised by the ICT ministry and The Daily Star at the newspaper’s office in the capital yesterday.
The country needs to make internet more affordable to achieve the penetration levels it so desires, analysts said yesterday.
“Internet penetration is eight times lower in rural areas than in urban ones. So there is need of enforcement and incentive,” said Nazrul Islam Khan, information and communication technology (ICT) secretary.
Although the government plans to reduce the bandwidth price from Tk 8,000 to Tk 5,000 for per megabits per second, Khan suggested going step ahead and slashing it to Tk 3,000. More…
Africa’s internet penetration is low and offers a compelling investment opportunity
Reposted from How We Made It In Africa
By Kate Douglas
ICT in Africa is a blooming industry with its own set of unique opportunities and challenges. In the past decade, the growth of Africa’s mobile industry is considered to be one of the continent’s successes in development and technology. Services like M-Pesa have been innovative in developing solutions for an African context, offering mobile banking and money transfers where many remain unbanked. According to a recent report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), ICT in Africa remains an attractive business area. More…
Reposted from Mizzima News
Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt during a conference at a technology park in Yangon on Friday, March 22, 2013.
Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt called for “free speech” and for the government to be kept out of internet regulations during a speech to students in Yangon on Friday.
“Try to keep the government out of regulating the internet. The answer to bad speech is more speech and more communication and voices,” said Schmidt.
He said that the company’s first priority in Myanmar would be to to improve access to information through its search, translation and mapping applications. More…
Reposted from Fox Business
By Shibani Mahtani
Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt heads to Myanmar next week, a sign of the Southeast Asian country’s appeal to leading U.S. technology companies as it emerges from decades of secrecy and crippling Western sanctions.
The visit, set for March 22, will be the first by a high-level executive from a major U.S. technology company. Many American companies have been held back by U.S. regulations that restrict their access to this market of 60 million people, giving international rivals an edge.
Mr. Schmidt’s visit follows a high-profile personal trip to North Korea, which has similarly low Internet penetration but remains far more isolated and closed off to U.S. companies than Myanmar, now widely seen as the region’s newest investment darling. More…
Summit Partners has invested US $26 million into the “African Amazon.com”
Reposted from Ventures Africa
Jumia, Africa’s largest and fastest-growing e-commerce retailer announced today that it has received an investment of €20 million ($26 million) from leading growth equity investor Summit Partners.
Summit Partners, a growth equity firm that invests in rapidly growing companies, will take a stake in Jumia through its German holding company, and Jumia will use the funds to further growth in Africa. More…
Bharti Airtel, the fourth largest telecom firm in the world, now has 60 million customers in Africa
Reposted from Africa Review
By Sandra Chao
Bharti Airtel has in the last 12 months added 10 million customers to its Africa database.
The company which currently operates in 17 African countries, clocked the 60 million active customer mark up from 50 million last year.
Bharti Airtel was on October 22 declared the fourth largest telecom firm in the world with 259 million subscriptions by the end of September 2012. More…
Reposted from the Heraldonline.com
By Research and Markets
DUBLIN — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Mongolia – Telecoms, Mobile and Internet” report to their offering.
Ict Vision 2021 Makes Strides In Increasing Mobile And Broadband Penetration To Support E-Education And E-Health
Since the Mongolian Government’s telecommunications reform program in the mid-1990s, there has been effective liberalisation of all market segments, partial privatisation of the fixed-line incumbent operator, Mongolia Telecom, and establishment of an independent regulator. Mongolia acceded to the WTO in 1997. More…
Reposted from The Daily Star
By Nazimuddaula Milon And Nasheet Islam
The rapid growth of digital technology is fundamentally changing the world as we know it. Global internet penetration in 2010 stood at 1.9 billion people and is expected to grow to 5 billion by 2015. It is unsurprising that with this in mind, information in the world (videos, music, documents etc.) that is stored online is also projected to grow from 800 exabytes to 53 zetabytes (eMarketer, 2011). More…
Reposted from Asia One
HANOI – Vietnam’s young, tech-savvy population is turning to the Internet to break out of an economic system stifled by decades of communist rule, leading to a boom in e-commerce.
Internet entrepreneur Thao Phuong earns twice as much money each month selling tropical fruit online to Hanoi housewives as she does from her day job working at a local post office. More…