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London, United Kingdom, 2008/04/08 - Report Buyer, the online destination for business intelligence for major industry sectors, has added a new report analysing the telecoms market in Thailand and Myanmar.
Report Buyer, the online destination for business intelligence for major industry sectors, has added a new report analysing the telecoms market in Thailand and Myanmar.
“2007 Asia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Myanmar and Thailand” reports that GDP per capita in Thailand is running at around US$3,000; in Myanmar it is a little over US$200. The development of their respective telecom sectors reflects the same divide. In mobile and Internet penetrations Thailand leaves Myanmar far behind. Even in fixed-line services, Myanmar is seriously lagging behind the Thais.
Operating in an economy where change is very slow, Myanmar's telecommunications sector continues to be dominated by the state-owned monopoly telephone service provider, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT). The report shows that the country is battling both economic problems and a troubled political climate, also, soaring inflation continues to be a major problem.
Authors of the report note that, these problems, combined with a disturbing lack of transparency, have naturally frightened off foreign investment. In the meantime, the country's telecommunications is characterised by what can only be described as stunted growth.
The study further shows that the telecom sector reflects the overall state of the national economy. At the same time, Myanmar's official economic data is not considered reliable, making actual growth rates difficult to ascertain. However, it is reasonably evident that fixed telephone line penetration remains a lowly 1%, mobile services are prohibitively expensive and limited, and Internet access continues to be problematic, being severely restricted in its availability to the general public.
Furthermore the report highlights that, the overthrow of the Thailand's Shinawatra government in a military coup in September 2006 has, not surprisingly, had considerable impact on the Thai economy and on the administration of the country. For the telecom sector this has been significant with the appointment by the post-coup government of a Minister for Information and Communication Technology who has taken a strong position against what were seen as Thaksin Shinawatra's telecom reforms.
“2007 Asia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Myanmar and Thailand” is available from Report Buyer. For more information, see website.
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