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Myanmar (Burma) - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses- Product Image
Myanmar (Burma) - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses- Product Image

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

  • ID: 4606784
  • Report
  • April 2020
  • Region: Myanmar
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Myanmar Finally sees Increased Competition in the Fibre Broadband Segment
Five years ago, Myanmar remained one of the last underdeveloped telecommunication markets in Asia, however this gap is being bridged quickly with a focus on mobile and mobile broadband services and exploding growth in that sector. By 2019 Myanmar was four years into a telecoms boom that has dramatically changed the physical and technological landscape of the country, since the sector was opened to foreign competition in 2014.

Fixed broadband penetration in Myanmar remains extremely low mainly due to a limited number of fixed lines as well as the dominance of the mobile platform and an unwillingness by operators to invest in fixed broadband infrastructure. However, by 2019 a number of new fixed broadband service providers were emerging, installing fibre below or above ground for fixed line broadband access.

One factor behind home broadband pricing falls is the entry of the telcos into the home broadband market to compete directly with existing ISPs. Over the next five years to 2023 the market is expected to grow very strongly but overall market penetration will remain extremely low compared to other nations.

Myanmar's mobile market has experienced very rapid growth in recent years, driven by the entry of three new competitors in the market, increasing the number of operators from just one to four. This has dramatically increased market competition.

By 2019 the mobile market was approaching saturation and was seeing increased competition over data prices. Average revenue per user dropped further with the entry of a fourth operator- Mytel.

Mobile broadband has experienced rapid growth over the past five years, driven by rapid growth in the mobile sector. Because telco reform came very late Myanmar, it has essentially leap frogged past fixed broadband access to mobile devices access for internet services.

Strong growth is predicted over the next five years however at a slower rate due to increasing maturity in the market. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out 4G and eventually 5G networks.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:

MTP has launched the country's third m-banking platform.

Telenor Myanmar and Ericsson trialled NB-IoT on Telenor's LTE network in Mandalay.

Ruckus Networks installed a Wi-Fi-based fixed-wireless network for Myanmar Net.

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, but is now gaining momentum
Mobile broadband has experienced very strong growth over the past few years.

In 2019/2020 an important telecoms development is occurring for Burma with the launch of the Kacific-1 satellite.

Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

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).
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1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison

5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Market liberalisation process
5.3 Telecommunications Law 2013
5.4 Telecom Master Plan
5.5 Licensing Fixed Services

6 Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Fixed-line statistics
6.2 Fibre networks
6.3 Universal Service Strategy
6.4 International infrastructure
6.5 Smart Infrastructure

7 Fixed-line broadband market
7.1 Broadband Statistics and Forecast
7.2 Fixed Broadband Service Providers
7.3 Fixed Wireless Broadband Service Providers
7.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8 Mobile market
8.1 Mobile Statistics and Forecast
8.2 Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecast
8.3 Regulatory issues

9 Mobile infrastructure
9.1 3G
9.2 4G
9.3 5G

10 Major mobile operators
10.1 Operators
10.2 Myanmar P&T (MPT)
10.3 Ooredoo
10.4 Telenor
10.5 Myanmar National Tele & Communications (Mytel)

11 Digital economy
11.1 Overview
11.2 e-Payments

12 Digital Media
12.1 Online Video

13 Glossary of abbreviations

14 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2018 (e)
Table 2 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 3 Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 2023
Table 4 Fixed-line subscribers and penetration 2006 2018
Table 5 Historic - fixed-line subscribers, penetration, annual change 1990, 1995 2005
Table 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023
Table 7 Internet User Penetration 2007 2018
Table 8 Historic - Internet users and penetration 1999 2016
Table 9 Internet household penetration 2003 2018
Table 10 Proportion of households with a computer 2007 2018
Table 11 International internet bandwidth 2000 2018
Table 12 Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity 2014 2018
Table 13 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2006 2023
Table 14 Historic - mobile subscribers, penetration and annual change 1995 2005
Table 15 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2023
Table 16 Mobile operator by system launch
Table 17 Mobile subscriber market share by operator 2018
Table 18 MPT launch and system
Table 19 MPT subscribers 2008 2018
Table 20 Ooredoo mobile subscribers 2014 2018
Table 21 Telenor mobile subscribers 2014 - 2018

List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2018; 2023
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 Telecoms Maturity Index Central Asia
Chart 5 Fixed-line subscribers and penetration 2007 2018
Chart 6 Current mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries to benefit from the Kacific-1 satellite
Chart 7 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023
Chart 8 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023
Chart 9 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2023
Exhibit 2 Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
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