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MYANMAR’S INTERNET REVOLUTION

After suffering military regime’s restraints, foreign telecoms are finally able to offer cheap mobile tariffs that are causing a real digital revolution. The opening of this market has encouraged local entrepreneurs and attracted popular brands such as Google, Facebook, Instagram and Viber.

In 2011, when democratic transition started, only 1% of the population was estimated to have internet access; nowadays the affordable prices that are now spreading around have allowed to reach one quarter of Myanmar population and the Myanmar Computer Federation has estimated that by 2017 about half of the population will be connected.

In order to view paid content, Myanmar market is exploring mobile payment forms, where the transition is charged on the Mobile SIM credit. This mechanism has the potential to promote economic growth in the internet sector as well as in others; for instance it could extend at allowing access to loan services in a country composed mainly by unbanked, rural population.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Friday, 3 October 2014

(Source: The Malay Mail Online)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.