Telenor Myanmar so far: nice 3G, shame about the traffic huts

ITEM: Telenor isn't just bringing 3G mobility to Myanmar – it’s also bringing spruced-up traffic huts.

According to the Myanmar Times, Telenor signed a deal with the government to renovate roadside traffic huts in Yangon and Mandalay, The booths have been repainted, adorned with a Telenor logo and fitted with an LED message screen displaying traffic rules.

The project is largely a goodwill exercise – Telenor says it has footed the bill for paint and repairs. However, at least one taxi driver isn’t impressed, and is annoyed with the idea of Telenor doing what should be government work:

“I’m so ashamed of my government,” said taxi driver U Maung. “Actually, the government should be doing this on its own, but it has no funds for this … Telenor is not under the government and is only a private company, and the Ministry of Home Affairs should be responsible.”

“People could assume that Telenor has authority or support from the government – I think it’s an ugly feature,” he said.

Well, you can't win 'em all. 

On the bright side, Myanmar's mobile sector continues to boom. Numbers released by Ovum last week show that the country’s mobile subscriber base reached 14.8 million at the end of 2014 – up 87.4% from September 2013.