Myanmar needs to accelerate to Internet time
Phone-friendly culture indicates pent up demand for coverage and capacity – the rollout will transform Myanmar, but can Myanmar keep up?
Editorial, by Kieron Osmotherly, CEO, TowerXchange.
My taxi driver is atypical for a Myanmar citizen – he’s in a hurry. Which is nice because I was cutting it a bit fine to catch my flight home. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Myanmar, thanks to the hospitality of co-hosts the GSMA Green Power for Mobile Working Group and Ooredoo. One of the reasons this country is so appealing is its calm, laid back attitude. Don’t get me wrong – Myanmar offers great service, a can-do attitude, but everything takes so long! Whether it’s making a sandwich or granting an import permit, there’s one thing Myanmar needs to achieve its self-imposed aggressive telecom rollout deadlines – acceleration!
Maybe we should put my taxi driver in charge of permitting cell sites!
Yangon: a smart phone on every street corner
Jon Whitty, our designer who makes the TowerXchange Journal look elegant, asked me to get a photo of a citizen using a smart phone in front of a pagoda or some other cultural icon.