Myanmar needs to accelerate to Internet time
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Myanmar needs to accelerate to Internet time

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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.


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