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Myanmar's internet boom creates new frontier for services

From online education to video on demand, it is now a question of bandwidth

A crowd of festival goers jostle to film a performance on their smartphones in Yangon. (Photo by Steve Gilmore)

YANGON Myanmar is three years into a telecoms boom. Since the sector was opened to foreign competition in 2014, thousands of mobile towers have sprung up and more than 30,000km of fiber-optic cable has been connected. Mobile penetration has jumped from 10% to over 70%, while internet speeds have soared and data usage has increased 1,500 times over.

The first phase has been infrastructure. The second is services -- everything from Korean TV dramas and local pop music to medical support and education.

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