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Xiaomi and other China smartphone titans dominate Myanmar

Companies take nearly 66% of fast-developing nation's market

Myanmar is home to over 18 million active social media users. (Getty Images)

YANGON/NEW YORK -- A smartphone boom and reforms introduced in 2013 that ended a state phone service monopoly have led to the modernization of Myanmar, despite a relatively immature digital economy.

Since 2013, smartphone giants including Huawei, Apple and Samsung have continued to tussle for a share of this fast-growing market. However, Chinese players have dominated, with Xiaomi, Huawei, and Oppo currently occupying nearly 66% of the country's mobile market, according to the latest Canalys estimates for Q3 2020. Samsung holds a 14% slice.

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