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Will Cyber
Contra project
take shape
under NLD-led
government? Crystal City, in Hangzhou, China houses a theme park, shopping centre, apartments and entertainment facilities.
Photo: Supplied

AUNG KYAW NYUNT and benefit students, who yearly the imagination stage and after the project, it was misunderstood and
graduate from technical and change of government in 2016, we became all-inclusive. Then again,

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N Myanmar attempts to create technological institutions. were able to implement this project. after meeting with the Ministry of
new technological products and Presently, Yangon Heartz Media We have great hope for our project,” Transport and Communications,
create new jobs, special places is creating its Cyber Contra project said U Zaw Zaw Myo Lwin. they said the name of ours was the
are necessary where technicians in a building installed with smart U Zaw Zaw Myo Lwin told The same as the government project
from all sectors can get together to technology on a piece of land of Myanmar Times that the government which was Smart City and although
be able to work for the benefit of about 15 acres and is also planning will not need to invest or provide full our project was Yangon Smart
these kinds of projects. to create three zones in Thaketa electricity required for the project City, their view was to include,
Therefore, it is interesting to Township. as it will use its own-produced not only the Ministry of Transport
know whether the present NLD- “In this zone there will mainly renewable energy. However, he and Communications but also
led government which is carrying be a combination of economics, only hopes that government will all concerned associations. That
out transformations in all spheres, technology, education and energy support other necessities for the is why when we submitted the
will be able to create these kinds sectors and will also include achievement of the project. project to the government just for
of places as it will benefit the entertainments supported by high “Although in the early stage the policy, the reply was that it
development of the information and level technology, which intends we planned to name our project supported the project but nothing
technology sector. to become a landmark of Yangon as Yangon Smart City Project, else was mentioned. Therefore
At the moment, for technicians City,” U Zaw Zaw Myo Lwin, Chief there was already a project by the at last we decided to change the U Zaw Zaw Myo Lwin, CEO of Yangon
to be able to create these kinds Executive Officer of Yangon Heartz government named as Smart City so name of the project from Yangon Heartz Media explains about Cyber
of technologies in a single place, Media told The Myanmar Times. we decided to name this project as Smart City to Cyber Contra,” he Contra Project.  Photo: Supplied
Yangon Heartz Media, a local Although Yangon Heartz Cyber Contra,” he explained about explained.
technological company has Media had a plan to create this the change of name to The Myanmar “We will try our best for the “Regarding the architecture,
created a project by the name of project since 2011, it could only Times. establishment of this project and British based companies, for the
Cyber Contra which is leading the begin in 2016 after change of the Concerning to establish the although we have plans to submit technology sector companies from
advancement in this field. government. project U Zaw Zaw Myo Lwin it to the higher level it is very Singapore and Taiwan, for clean
When this Cyber Contra project “Yangon Heartz Media planned to continued to explain that the plan difficult to reach the level of the energy companies from Japan and
becomes distinct, it will not only create this project since 2011 and of this project was submitted to the Union Government. These kinds some from Europe and companies
benefit the government which is thought about whether it would Yangon Region Government back in of projects are front runners in from China and South Korea are
giving special consideration to be good to encompass the whole May 2016. The Chief Minister was foreign investment and as being the earmarked and talks are underway
the technology sector but also the city with this technology from interested and provided necessary basic foundation for Information for investment. There are also plans
creation of local and international here. Especially it was intended assistance in receiving land for the and Telecommunications, we wish to invite local companies to increase
products. Furthermore will be able for Yangon and Mandalay which project. that the government will be able to their investment and cooperation”
to create about thirty thousand are the two biggest cities in the “Much as our intention was to support us in our endeavour,” said U Zaw Zaw Myo Lwin.
jobs within a period of five years country. However it was only in seek the government’s policy on the According to U Zaw Zaw Myo “The process of selecting partners
Lwin, at the initial stage, for the is still underway. We would like to
development of the project’s basic have as many as local companies to
infrastructure, US$250 million be involved as our main intention
will be invested and from there is to raise the level of the national
research in sectors relating to economy and therefore we are
the project such as Incubation, interested to work with local
Business Development and for companies. We also hope that there
other technical products, more will be local investors who have the
investment will be added. same intention as us,” said U Zaw
It is learnt that whichever Zaw Myo Lwin.
organization interested in this Translation by Win Thaw Tar and
project are invited to participate. Khine Thazin Han

Telecommunications & Technology
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Services provided by operators after
expansion of 4G network
2017 could be regarded as a year of competition between operators in expanding 4G networks

Mr. Toshitake Amamiya,Chief Executive Officer (CEO) speaking at New Ooredoo CEO Mr. Rene Meza explaining about Ooredoo’s Mr. Joslin E Myrthong, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Telenor
MPT launching of LTE+ network.  Photos: Aung Kyaw Nyunt commercial strategy in Myanmar market Myanmar explains about 4G network

AUNG KYAW NYUNT and leading government-owned service by applying the 4X4 MIMO (OFDMA), is a wireless high speed using this service will also be much
Telecommunications Company in technology to upgrade the LTE telecommunication system different higher as the quality of the network

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G is the fourth generation of Myanmar, providing both fixed and network. Since May 2016 we have from the current 2G and 3G is excellent and downloading data
mobile telecommunications mobile telecommunication services applied 2100MHz frequency band networks. is much faster than other networks.
technology, succeeding 3G and to the public, enterprises and has to 5 MHz and began to provide 4G Due to the advanced network So it would be advisable for smart
since 2014 all kinds of interesting the most users. It is placing every LTE service. During that time, the architecture of LTE, users would phone users to shut down all
services have entered the Myanmar effort to expand the 4G network. Department of Telecommunications not have any interruption in the other active applications and use
market and till to date is a liking to Since July, for LTE+ network to had not yet approved the use of internet system that they are using. Data Parcel which prices are more
operators. be able to support the 4X4 MIMO 1800MHz frequency band. However The speed of this new technology reasonable says U Alex Nyi Nyi
This year the Ministry of Transport technology, MPT has upgraded as soon as we received the approval is five to ten times faster than the Aung, Senior Expert (Corporate
and Communications approved for the mobile towers and networks. in April 2017 we began working previous 3G network and will be and Communications) of Telenor
telecom operators to utilize 1800MHz When LTE+ network was introduced to upgrade 2100MHz frequency to able to download up to 40 megabyte. Myanmar.
network so mobile operators who at in June, service was provided in 1800MHz frequency to be able to Then again even in times when Translation by Kyaw Soe Htet and
present are offering 2G, 3G networks Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw use the LTE network,” internet lines are congested 4G Khine Thazin Han
will be able to compete in expanding and in 47 townships. At present 22 “This 4X4 MIMO technology will networks will not affect the data
their networks to the highly limited towns in 72 townships of Regions twice enhance the speed of the traffic.
4G networks. and States can use this LTE+ internet. As for downloading, the During the past ten months Ministry of Transport and
Therefore, 2017 could be regarded network. In August this network speed will approximately be 75Mbps except for Kayah and Chin States, Communications grants
as a year of competition between will expand to 78 townships to 150Mbps. Till the first week of all remaining States and Regions permission for the use of
operators in expanding the 4G including 27 towns. July 2017; Ooredoo’s 4G network including Nay Pyi Taw together 1800MHz frequency band
networks. It has become undeniable “4X4 MIMO technology which is has covered up to five million with twenty five big cities around
that mobile phone users are currently being applied by MPT is users in 52 townships within Nay the whole country have already According the publication in the
experimenting and using the 4G twice the speed of 4G/LTE 2X2MIMO Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and been installed with this 4G network. official website of the Ministry of
networks provided by operators. in receiving data and the internet Magwe Divisions. Furthermore, However, what 4G network users Transport and Communications,
Hence, it is interesting to know speed will be from 75Mbps to Nyaung Shwe, Monywa and other should bear in mind is they should be it has granted permission for
what kind of technology these 150Mbps” said U Thein Hoke, Deputy townships will soon be connected in the area covered by the 4G network the use of 2X10MHz within
operators are using to provide Chief Commercial Officer of the to this 4G network,” Mr. Rene Meza, and also their handsets should be the 1800MHz frequency band
this advanced 4G network. Economic Department of MPT-KSGM CEO of Oordedoo Myanmar told The installed with a 4G SIM card. for a period of 12 years to
Therefore, responsible personnel Joint Operation at the introduction Myanmar Times. If it is a Telenor SIM card it should mobile operators who have
from MPT, the first and leading ceremony of MPT 4G/LTE, which was be replaced with USIM card which received the Nationwide
telecommunications company in held on 19 June at the Park Royale Telenor can use the 4G network. The USIM Telecommunications licence
Myanmar, Telenor Myanmar and Hotel in Yangon. Telenor, a Norwegian card must be inserted in Slot-1 of such as MPT, Telenor Myanmar
Ooredoo Myanmar explained about telecommunications company the handset. If the handset owner and to Ooredoo Myanmar.
this new technology which local Ooredoo which offered 2G network would like to inquire whether his or It is learnt that from the side
operators are using in providing 4G Since entering the local market, coverage since it first entered the her phone and SIM card is can use of mobile companies , they will
network service. Qatar-based Ooredoo has provided Myanmar market said “the 4G 4G network by dialing *444# will be have to pay US$80 million for
the 3G network. network is known as LTE (Long able to check the situation. the use of the frequency band.
MPT “We have not only provided the Term Evolution) which uses a However there are always pros Translation by Kyaw Soe Htet
MPT, also known as Myanmar Posts 1800MHz frequency band to 10 MHz different radio interface, Orthogonal and cons. The 4G network provides and Khine Thazin Han
and Telecommunications is the first frequency band but also providing frequency-division multiple access a much faster service so the rate for

Eco-friendly telecom towers of the future
AUNG KYAW NYUNT metal and even towers made of positioned on the tower and other Country Managing Director of address our client’s concern over
bamboo. operators are also likely to follow edotco Myanmar, said: “This a metal structure that would ruin

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stablished in 2012, edotco, The chimney-shape tower is six their footsteps, edotco told The telecom tower is another the aesthetics of surrounding
the first regional and metre tall and is in a triangle shape. Myanmar Times. example of edotco working with buildings.”
integrated telecommunications This tower is able to withstand edotco Myanmar Limited has our customers to come up with Similarly, the first-ever
infrastructure services company winds up to 195 knots. To protect announced that it has installed the innovative solutions to meet bamboo telecom tower built
in Asia is providing end-to-end the poles of the tower, plastic-fibre first innovative tower that blends their needs. We were limited with homegrown technology was
solutions in the tower services poles are also used. The exterior of with the environment to meet its and under strict guidelines on installed on the rooftop of a house
sector which has installed wind the poles are made in Malaysia and customers’ needs. The camouflage where and how towers could be in the Uttara, a district of Dhaka,
turbine towers and solar towers in designed in such a way where iron “chimney” telecom tower, built atop erected. Star City’s management the capital city of Bangladesh. The
countries of the region. It is also or metal are not include, so it does one of the buildings in Thanlyin’s team initially suggested several innovation is the outcome of a joint
planning to introduce towers made not affect the radio frequency said Star City residential complex, will temporary tower locations but collaboration between Bangladesh
up of bamboo and wood. edotco Myanmar. potentially service more than 10,000 edotco wanted to provide a University of Engineering and
The new mobile towers created by At present, mobile operators MPT homes and cover 1.7 million sq. meters permanent solution. Having agreed Technology (BUET) and mobile
ecotco have many shapes including and Ooredoo Myanmar which are of commercial space in the area. on a rooftop position, we proposed
chimney-shape towers made of operating in Myanmar are already Mr. Vijendran (Vijay) Watson, a camouflage tower solution to Continued on page 5
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Local banks still lacking in
digital banking solutions
In the past outdated accounting practices, poor information-
technology infrastructure and lack of clarity in banks were a
First-ever bamboo telecom tower built
with homegrown technology installed
burden for citizens
on the rooftop in Uttara, a district of
Dhaka Photo: Supplied

Continued from page 4

phone tower company edotco.
In place of the traditional steel
structures mostly used in the
telecommunications sector, this
bamboo tower is a eco-friendly tower
and the tower focuses on the design
and viability.
Studies indicate that the new cell
tower invented by edotco which is
made by bamboo has the ability to
bear the weight of concrete while
possessing the rigidity and tensile
strength to support its own weight.
It can withstand gusts of up to
210km/h, with an expected lifespan
of approximately 10 years with proper
maintenance. A bamboo tower takes
around 12 days to construct and
consumes less energy to manufacture
compared to traditional steel towers.
The structure has a capacity to house
up to 8 antennas at a time, enabling
co-location said edotco.
As an added bonus, bamboo being A customer drawing cash from an ATM machine in downtown A technician performs regular checks and maintenance at an ATM machine
inherently light, allows for easy Yangon.  Photos: Kaung Htet in Yangon.
transportation and installation of
structures on rooftops without adding
any additional stress on the building. CHAN MYA HTWE these systems. Myanmar.
The deployed structure underwent In the past due to poor information- Therefore, for Myanmar banking system to

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chemical treatment as a measure to igital Transformation is far beyond just technology infrastructure, outdated accounting be in line with the banking systems from other
protect it from termite and mould moving from traditional banking to a practices and lack of clarity in banking countries, ACE Data Systems Ltd signed up
attacks as well as adverse climate digital world. It is a vital change in how systems were a burden for the citizens of the with Infosys Limited of India, which has a vast
conditions. banks and other financial institutions learn, country. Nevertheless, due to reforms being experience in the software used in banking
Therefore, on the evaluation interact and provide service for the satisfaction undertaken at a quick pace, the banking systems and the research and development
on a variety of actual market of customers. sector is developing rapidly and as things have (R&D) of these software in an attempt to for
performances which included Therefore, all local banks in Myanmar, which changed, anyone can carry out online banking local banks to provide better banking services.
revenue growth, growth in market at present performing the traditional banking through mobile phones or by internet whether As a result, Infosys Limited and ACE Data
share, leadership in production system, will need to carry out transformative it may be from home or where there is internet Systems Ltd have provided a software system
innovations, breadth of products changes. In this process they will need service connection. for Digital Transformation of AGD Bank, which
and solutions, major customer providers who are internationally recognized “At present there are about 12 banks which is a local bank. Due to the support of these two
acquisitions and business and and have the ability, both operationally and have introduced Digital Banking Solutions companies the banking system of AGD Bank
market strategy, 2016 Southeast Asia financially to transform the banking system and more banks are following the trend to is operating in a flowing and effective manner
Telecoms Tower Company of the Year of Myanmar says Daw Yin Min Aye, General introduce that system,” says Daw Yin Min Aye. without difficulties of obstructions.
Award was conferred to edotco Group Manager of ACE Data Systems Ltd, which is a As it has become necessary to transform the These two companies have also followed up
by Frost and Sullivan. local software company. Myanmar local banking sector into a digital work to install Digital Transformation Systems
Since December 2015, edotco Co. as As the world is experiencing a rapid and transformation, ACE Data Systems Ltd and in local banks such as Global Treasure Bank,
Myanmar Tower Company entered increasing use of digital payment methods Infosys Limited, a software company from United Amara Bank and Myawaddy Bank.
the Myanmar market and has been in many countries, with examples including India jointly hosted the Myanmar Digital At present, only about 20 percent of the total
working in the telecommunication intermediaries such as PayPal and digital wallet Banking Summit during 2017 and shared population in Myanmar have bank accounts.
sector. Later the name was systems, Myanmar has now begun to transform their experiences received from Myanmar Therefore, banks are doing their best to provide
changed to edotco Myanmar Limited into a cashless society. The introduction of and foreign banking sectors and provided good services with digital solution to be able
and at present, edotco Myanmar is payments by electronic card and mobile wallet advice for the improvement of this sector. It to fulfill the needs and satisfaction of the
operating 1345 tower sites in the are a way to carry credit card or debit card was also to introduce the products of new customers and to persuade more people to use
whole country. information in a digital form on the mobile software which would be essential for the their bank services.
Translation by Kyaw Soe Htet device and is looking for better ways to improve digital transformation of the banking sector of Translation by Kyaw Soe Htet
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Is Online piracy killing the
entertainment world?
Although concerned
authorities are
working to get rid
of this menace,
which is harming
the entertainment
industry, new
and advanced
technologies are
giving upper hand to
the dealers
A technician browsing through The Pirate Bay server.  Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

Kyi Tha Maung entertainment world face the same example, if someone uplodes movies with are able to download my songs from other
problem: they are not collecting enough subtitles in your own language and shares it, sources. But for the real fans who like my

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HE entertainment world such as movie revenue being generated by their work. it is known as freebooting. music buy the cds or dvds of my songs
and music will never end as long as the This kind of situation is no exception in There are some countries that allow legally but some are unable to buy so they
human race exists. Myanmar. Although the concerned authorities downloading which are not for economy just download it through online,” he said. His
However, their market will change in are working hard to get rid of this menace, but just for personal use. Canada, Poland famous song is “December Night.” People are
accordance with time. In the past, we had to harming the entertainment industry, new and and Netherlands are countries that allow still not familiar with payment of purchasing
rely on cinemas when we want to see movies. advanced technologies appear that give upper downloading legally only for personal use. songs from online,” he continued.
But when the television was invented, people hand to the dealers. Sweden, once in 2009 and then again in It is said that Myanmar MusicNet
could view movies from their homes. But the Today, everybody in Myanmar can view 2014 raided the famous server, The Pirate (MMusicNet) is now creating a new system
movies which were shown on television were a foreign film, whether it may be English, Bay that shared Soft copy of art products where songs can be bought with the prepaid
movies selected and aired by the television Chinese, Japanese or Indian, you name it and shut down the server and imprisoned cards as phone bill cards. If this system
stations and viewers were unable to choose and it is readily available in the market those who were involved in the illegal act. succeeds, everything will be fine.
movie to their preference. with subtitles in Myanmar language which Movie and music industry suffer most in the However if all art products such as movies,
Later on video tape players, VCDs, DVDs and are on vcd, dvds and even online such as danger of piracy and regarding finance, IT music and books are downloaded without any
Blue ray machines appeared and people were social media pages, which could easily be software is the most that suffers. payment, the owners who have to invest will
able to view movies and entertainment shows downloaded. These kind of people who According to Gabe Newell leader of Valve suffer the most.
to their liking. All these changes took place in upload movies on the internet are people (game company), online piracy is popular There are ways to entirely stop this illegal
a very short span. who don’t consider about the damage due to five reasons which are (1) cannot trade. If markets can be created where the
Times have changed and become to such that they are doing to the entertainment afford to purchase the materials, (2) unable public could easily purchase these products,
a state that anyone can view a variety of industry but just to get as many as Likes to purchase due to difficult locality, (3) although this trade will not be demolished
entertainment programmes online or on and comments for their work. useful instantly, (4) have no experiences for entirely it will be able to control it to a certain
internet and even download these programmes “Without appreciating copyright on buying and (5) nobody can trace by getting it extent. As for now there are many mobile
to view them later. So we can now watch movies creating arts, we cannot afford to do from online. operators in the country, so it has become
through the internet by downloading them anything but just have to think that my art According to statistics published in early extremely easy to use the internet and bad
which is an unofficial act or by streamlining products have reached the public,” said Ko 2014, lost in the pirate music industry was affects of the internet have also spread among
or streaming movies, which are shown with Suu Khet Min, artist and scriptwriter. unable to trace but for the movie industry the users.
license. Local producers find it very difficult the movie companies of Hollywood were Dut to this now people are able to upload
Nowadays, whether it may be official or to find people who are misusing their losing about 20 billion dollars a year from the arts which are created by others and share
unofficial, everybody can watch movies creations on social media and even if they this piracy. among themselves on line just to attract
by uploading the video files. Although know that it is an act of piracy there is In Myanmar, current cinemas were many followers. Then again reselling these
the public hasn’t lost its appetite for nothing they can do to fight these kinds upgraded and new cinemas were opened all arts to gain profit is a matter which is not
television, journalism or film; shows, of people. Although finding these kinds of around the country since 2010. But as every conformity with human etiquettes.
articles and movies which are online, the people who are misusing your creation, the town does not have a cinema hall, people As internet users are increasing day by day,
problem is that the internet has expanded creator must have solid evidence that it is still have to rely on online entertainment. education programs should also be carried
the media to the audience and has all but his creation and systemically report and The new artists share their music online to out in every sector to educate the public to be
destroyed the market for it. Distributing only then can be removed from the social make the younger generation get familiar aware of using the internet illegally. However
songs, movies and books free of charge media. with their songs and by that way so as to if the products downloaded become legal
on line may be good for the users but Taking a creation of another person gain fame. Famous singer Lin Nit shares there will be no more fear about the Online
gives no profit for the original producers. illegally is regarded as theft and distributing his songs on his facebook page. “Although Piracy.
Due to this piracy all companies of the online is known as piracy. However, for I do not officially give my songs, the people Translation : Khine Thazin Han
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Camera quality becomes important part in
purchasing a smartphone
Aung Kyaw Nyunt smartphones with high quality has a dual-lens camera in the Plus with a powerful 16MP model mobile users. In December 2016, the
cameras are manufactured the smartphone, with more light and with a front camera was introduced. Moto Z smartphone that included
The qualities of cameras in smart camera market is still very active. better clarity, for amazing photos In 2017, Oppo launched the Oppo the Magnetic Device technology
phones play an important role so at As much as new smartphones with and videos. With the success of the F3 and Oppo F3 plus smartphones – magnetic connectors at the
present time when somebody thinks various functions are manufactured P9 series, Huawei manufactured installed with Double View group back of the phone which allows
of purchasing a smartphone, the every day, the compact camera is and introduced the P10 and P10Plus Selfie technology. adding on extra modular devices
first thing that comes into his or her working to raise their quality to series in 2017. Both in these two – was introduced to the Myanmar
mind is the quality of the camera compete with smartphones to be series Huawei P10 is a culmination Samsung market. The 5.5” phone is made
installed in the smart phone. able to compete in the market. of everything the company has been Within the flagship ‘S’ series with aircraft-grade aluminium
Nowadays, when people go, may As popularity of these smartphoes doing right, with a few minor tweaks smartphone produced by Samsung and stainless steel with a Quad
be to a concert, a wedding, a picnic, are rising day by day, let’s check from the P9. The fingerprint scanner Company based in South Korea, the HD AMOLED display. Additionally,
an even, a gathering with friends out the quality of these high-end on the Huawei P10 is a big highlight Galaxy S7 Edge, first introduced in the Moto Z has a water-repellent
or with family members, taking smartphone camera spes. of this phone. This is the first time 2016, was one of the favourite phone coating which protects any liquid
photos have become something Huawei has put its security scanner among consumers. The points that penetrating the phone. For the
like a fashion. Then again when Huawei on the front of the phone for a few attracted customers was that the camera, the main camera is 13MP
these photos are taken, nobody uses The Chinese telecommunications iterations. Huawei says this is to Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge camera and the rear camera is 5MP; which
cameras like in the old days but company has been manufacturing try and create a more streamlined was a dual pixel camera, and came includes wide angle lens so good
instead with their smart phones mobile phones since 1997. It is also design – something it calls ‘organic with waterproof technology where quality shots can be taken during
which are installed with high the largest telecom infrastructure minimalism’. the phone can be submerged night time. The phone uses a
quality cameras. So it has become maker in the world. The company underwater for up to 30 minutes. In powerful Qualcomn Snapdragon
essential for phone manufacturers also makes Android smartphones Oppo April 2017, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus 820 processor and 4GB RAM. As
to install high quality cameras in and tablets. Recently it has stepped China-based Oppo Company mainly were introduced in the local market. mentioned above, the unique thing
their smartphones. into the smartwatch market with an produces mobile phones for taking The new phones included improved about the Moto Z is that there are
Then there is selfie which is a Android Wear based device. selfies. Selfie is popular as Selfie and latest security systems, and magnetic connectors at the back
self-portriat photograph taken with Huawei has manufactured many King in the local market. In 2011, it the display Invisible Home Pattern of the phone which can be used
a digital camera or a smartphone kinds of smartphones which are created Beautify 4.0, which included which was the highlight of this to add modular devices such as;
camera. Selfie has become so the Mate Series, P Series, G and GR advanced processing algorithms and smartphone. The cameras included Power Pack Mods, JBL Speaker Mods,
popular, and smartphones also Series, Y Series. Since 2013, it has 7 levels of intelligent beautification in the S8 and S8 Plus are a front- Moto Insta-Share Projector and
need to have a function where selfie manufactured the P6, P7, P8, P9 in U701 smart phone. In 2012, facing 8MP camera with autofocus HASSELBLAD True Zoom camera.
photos can also be taken. series and in 2017 manufactured the company introduced Ulike2 and an aperture of F1.7, and a rear- The improvements and
So has the smartphone killed the P10 series. The stunning smart phone with an 80 degrees facing 12MP camera with Dual Pixel innovations made in smartphones
the compact camera? This doesn’t manufacture of Huawei smartphone field of view. In 2013, it created the and F1.7 aperture. can be said to be focused on the
mean people have stopped taking was the P9 Series. first rotating camera in N1 smart camera quality and other features
photos with compact cameras. This series was manufactured phone. Then it introduced the R7 Motorola that the majority of the smartphone
Many are just using smartphones by HUAWEI in combination with smartphone with screen flash The American Motorola brand is users seem to be using.
instead. However, till to date, while Leica, a German company which technology in 2015. In 2016, the F1 not something familiar with local Translation by Zaw Nyunt
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Game Cast Network Myanmar:
a simple hobby which has transformed
into massive success
DOTA 2
has many
competitions
yearly with
massive prize
pool reaching
up to millions of
dollars
A three-day cyber city game competition held at Hledan Centre.  Photo: Supplied

Kyi Tha Maung In Myanmar, DOTA 2 was a videogame which could be Aung. Although his responsibility was to talk about the match
recorded as one of the highest amount of cash awarded to online, he could never forget the experience of the loud cheers

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owadays, live streaming on social media sites, the winning team, with an amount of K50 million; it was also and roars of fans at the real location.
especially on Facebook, is becoming popular. Due to the biggest eSports event held. The event was hosted by MGF Although GCN has been streaming international DOTA 2
improved technologies of smartphone cameras, it is on September 5 and 6, 2014 and was successfully held at the competitions daily, that is not their endgame. Their goal is to
immensely encouraging live streaming of an individual user, Thuwunna Stadium. improve and upgrade the local eSports sector. For that reason,
and other users have increase in taking part in these live During that time, there were many international DOTA 2 GCN is doing their best to stream local final matches of DOTA
streams. competitions, and Valve Corporation which owned Steam had 2, and local professional DOTA 2 players are also lending their
But, broadcasting something live is not just a thing for also hosted the biggest and annual DOTA 2 competition known hands to GCN, said Ko Htet Shine Aung.
social media purpose because in 2016, Steam, a software as, The Internationals, for the fourth time. But, in Myanmar, it It has been the seventh time now that the world’s best DOTA
distribution platform under Valve Corporation, collaborated was the first successful DOTA 2 match to be held. 2 teams have gathered at The Internationals. However, as
with social networks and live streaming of video games There were many necessary requirements for this first for Myanmar teams which have been competing in Regional
became available. event, and the important sector was the lack of live streaming. qualification matches in order to be able to participate in the
The digital platform, Steam, has over a million registrations Therefore, Ko Thet Zaw Win said this was how the idea came big game are still unable to secure any top spots.
of video gamers monthly, and one of the most popular game is into him to establish the GCN. Moreover, as he wanted to host “If possible, we want to be able to legally stream The
DOTA 2 – under the videogame genre called multiplayer online more competitions in the future, he had a desire to make sure Internationals match in Myanmar language.” remarked Htet
battle arena (MOBA). DOTA 2 is also a game that is played by a that there were proficient DOTA 2 casters. Shine Aung, “However, for people to be aware of the Myanmar
lot of gamers in local cyber cafés, and there are various DOTA And just as he wished, his dream came true in December DOTA 2 scene, the Myanmar teams must first have a chance to
2 competitions monthly held by enthusiasts. 2016. A three-day cyber city game competition was held compete in The Internationals.”
Even in the international scenes, DOTA 2 has many at Hledan Centre in Yangon, and the final matches were Even though the dreams for Myanmar teams are shattered,
competitions yearly with massive prize pool reaching up to successfully broadcasted live on Facebook. “If I have to talk GCN is working out a plan so that The Internationals match
millions of dollars, and so the game falls under the Electronic about something that left a good mark, then it will be the GCN can be viewed on mobile phones. For regular DOTA 2 matches,
Sports (eSports) category. Just like how regular sports such as Cyber City Competition.” said GCN main-caster Htet Shine GCN is planning so that there will be two to four matches
football and baseball it has caster or commentator and many being streamed live, and viewers can choose to watch what
casters are emerging for this MOBA game. they like, said Ko Thet Zaw Win.
These DOTA 2 casters, either at the competition arena Another step that GCN is targeting is to have an official
or online, would familiarize or explain in real-time to new channel with a Myanmar caster, who will be casting amongst
viewers about the players’ skills from both opposing teams, other international casters. At Manila Master competition, held
and the game strategies. This is similar to the responsibility of last May in the Philippines, a Myanmar representative was able to
the sports commentator in regular sports too. cast the game from an official channel, noted Ko Htet Shine Aung.
Social networking became familiar among the majority of
Myanmar people since the latter part of 2014, and most of ‘GCN was a spark of an idea by The majority in Myanmar has come to recognized
eSports, and Ko Htet Shine Aung wants to see this form of
them can proficiently use Facebook. Therefore, just like how entertainment transformed into a business, similar to how
football matches are streamed live online by the Football
Federation – to attract potential viewers, there are also a rise in
MGF during the Myanmar Game it progressed in other countries such as, China, Philippines
and America etc. He’s doing what he can right now so that,
the number of casters for DOTA 2 matches in Myanmar with
Myanmar commentary.
Festival (MGF) which was held in other eSports games, such as, Counter Strike; Fifa can also be
streamed live.
Since September 2016, like in foreign countries, a service
which provided live stream DOTA 2 matches, on Facebook was Thuwunna Youth Stadium in 2014 Electronic sports, or competitive video gaming is a new form
of entertainment to emerge and it utilizes the online sector
established in Myanmar, which was created by Game Cast to reach out to the fans. And, having a local and systematic
Network Myanmar (GCN).
GCN was a spark of an idea by MGF during the Myanmar
said Ko Thet Zaw Win, founder of caster channel, like GCN, is a good sign. The Internationals
2017 will start in August, and Myanmar fans can rejoice as the
Game Festival (MGF) which was held in Thuwunna Youth
Stadium in 2014 said Ko Thet Zaw Win, founder of GCN and
GCN and MGF. ’ matches will be streamed live on Facebook due to the effort of
this one group.
MGF. Translation by Kyaw Soe Htet
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10

Let’s solve traffic
disputes with black box
Black Box is a technological gadget that will
definitely solve traffic disputes

Black Box camera installed within a car.  Photo: Internat

AUNG KYAW NYUNT brush or hit each other intentionally or manufactured by a Chinese-brand Xiao cover a wide scope. The night vision system
unintentionally. Therefore possibility of car Mi’s has wifi system and thus the video can can record clear images during night-times. It

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raffic disputes have become a accidents is generally high. When accidents be played in both by LCD or by phone. As also has motion detection and G-sensor, and
common sight on Myanmar’s busy appear, there are always arguments of who resolution ranges from 1080 P HD to 1296 specific recording time which can be set for
roads due to reckless driving and daily is right and who is wrong. As for me, I don’t P, the images are crystal clear. It contains a shocks or shaking.
accidents. It has been thought that how good worry about this kind of situation because I vibration sensor and if the camera is strongly So let’s choose and use one among various
it would be if there was some kind of device have installed a Black Box camera in my car. vibrated, it automatically records a video for Black Boxes with different functions and
which could record the images of the accident In case of accidents, video from the Black 10 seconds. Then again as it is also installed quality to be able to settle traffic disputes
so as to decide which car is right or which is Box can be replayed and the problem can be with a night vision system, it can capture the and fake claims on the congested roads of
wrong in this never ending traffic disputes. solved within a short period. It is a very useful images well during night times. Myanmar.
However, as in the age where technology device for drivers.” he told the Myanmar “Yi” brand Black Box can be connected Translation by Zaw Nyunt
is progressing faster than ever and all kinds Times. both by the car lighter receptacle and by the
of technological gadgets are invented daily, a As for the price of a Black Box, it varies car wiring system. A 6-month warranty “Yi”
device known as a Black Box has emerged in depending on the functions and quality. Black Box is available in the market at around
the market which is able to decide definitely It is very simple to use the Black Box in a K65000.
in solving traffic disputes. car. It is just needed to be plugged into the Another black box is a dual camera Black
This Black Box can be said to be a video cigarette lighter receptacle and is ready for Box which can record not only the front but
camera. If it is installed in a car, it can record action. A memory card in the Black Box can also the rear side of the car when your car
every image on the road while the car is store images and voices and can even clearly hits or is hit by something. The price tag
moving. Thus if any dispute arises, it can be record actions during night times. A Black Box of this Black Box ranges from K49000 to
settled by playing back the recorded video with a single function with a resolution of K78000.
installed in the Black Box. 1280-960 or 720-480 or 640-480 will cost around Dual camera Black Box begins functioning
A Black Box can also help you in an age K18000 in the market. when it is hooked to the rear view mirror
when some may want to make fake claims “The Black Box which I use in my car doesn’t after connecting it to the lighter receptacle.
for compensation. Therefore, a Black Box have many functions but it is very convenient As it has a rear camera, the driver need not
is an important device for drivers on daily- to use. I can choose the resolution. This device worry about the rear side of the car. It also
congested roads. It is easily available at local is plugged into cigarette lighter receptacle and has a wide screen, a 32GB SD card slot and
car accessories shops as well as from online then the Black Box is connected via USB cable. a1080P (Full HD) so the resolution is good.
shopping. When you start driving, just press the record In order to avoid damage to the recorded
U Win Maung, who drives his own car, button. All drivers should install and use this files by the lighter receptacle and to keep
explains about the benefits by installing a Black Box in today’s congested roads.” a Honda on recording while the car is stopped, it
black box in a car. “Today, we are driving fit driver in Yangon U Aung Aung Ko told the can also be connected via power bank
where your car is just within a very close Myanmar Times. like a battery. Dual camera Black Box uses Black Box camera recording a speeding vehicle
range with other cars so sometimes cars The “Yi” car Black Box camera, 120-degree wide-angle lens and thus it can on the road.  Photo: Internet
11

Lifespan of a smart phone
When purchasing a new smartphone, it is advisable not only to be
obsessed on the brand but also on the applications
Kyi Tha Maung purchase mobile phones which are at a
reasonable price,” according to Ko Aye Nyein

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T is undeniable that the human society has Kyaw, a mobile phone service provider.
become so dependent of the mobile phones. “Although, the privileged class who
Since the years after 2010, mobile phone purchase expensive mobile phones just use
technology exploded in such speed and due to them for a certain period and as soon as a
the advancement of this technology at present new model is out in the market, they purchase
mostly everybody owns a mobile phone which that new model and compete among
has become part of their daily life. themselves of who owns the latest phone with
Not only for communicating with each more functions, which has become something
other, mobile phones have also become an like a fashion in Myanmar. However for the
apparatus for taking photos as there is a camera ordinary class, after they purchase a mobile
installed and then again internet, e-mails phone it becomes their life-long partner until
are also available on this apparatus so it has it stops functioning said Ko Aye Nyein Kyaw.
become an important part of a human life. Normally the average lifespan of a mobile
Year after year mobile phones with new phone is probably 3 years but if the surface
and advanced technology have emerged in of the phone is damaged it can shorten
the market at reasonable prices so everybody the lifespan. One can check the functions
can afford to have a mobile phone and have of the phone by observing the run out of
become so dependent on it; they feel helpless battery power in a short period and the
without their mobile phones when they move touch functions of the phone begin to
about. However, what comes to our mind is stop functioning. If such signs appear, it is
how long will this phone that you own will advisable to purchase a new mobile phone.
last? What is the lifespan of your phone? As mentioned, the ordinary class who are
Today there are so many companies that unable to purchase every type of new mobile
manufacture smart phones and how long a phone that regularly comes into the market;
mobile phone should be used has become there are two options for them. The first
a question and there are always some option is by taking their phone to a mobile
misunderstanding between the producers and phone technician who is able to fix it or the
users of these mobile phones. second option is to purchase a new phone Applications play a vital role in selecting a smartphone.  Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing
“Regarding mobile phones, there are two with a reasonable price tag. There are some
types of people. The first type are the ones people who still use the Android, OS phones the operating systems of the smartphone because the device just won’t hold a charge.
who can afford and they purchase high which entered the Myanmar market several is outdated, it will not be able to install But the battery life is also something that
quality branded mobile phones which are years back says Ko Aye Nyein Kyaw. the mobile phone games applications in can be controlled. Just avoid running down
expensive just to brag about their taste and Although smartphones first entered the the phone. Most of the big companies that the battery to zero, avoid overcharging the
the second type are the ordinary class who international market round about 2007-2008, manufacture smartphones usually update battery and by keeping the battery away
the level of the actual competition began their operation systems but if the phone is an from excessive heat will be ways to help the
in 2010. During that year the first iPhone outdated model these kinds of phones will not lifespan of the smartphone.
was introduced in the market and Apple be able to install new features to update the Those who intend to purchase a new
introduced its first touch-screen Android functions. smartphone, it is advisable not to be obsessed
phones. That is why; whoever is interested to install on the brand but on the applications and the
Samsung, the South Korean manufacturer the new applications or play mobile games it price. Sometimes, second hand phones also
‘Now as smartphones have of mobile phones was the first to introduce
the seven-inch Galaxy Tablet and soon after
is advisable for them to change their phones.
Now as smartphones have also penetrated
have the similar type of applications as the
new one and the prices might be resasoable so
also penetrated the camera Microsoft introduced the first window-phones the camera market people who favour rather think in purchasing the latter.
in the smartphone market. That is why 2010 Instagram or Snapchat will definitely need There is no universal rule for how long
market people who favour was regarded as the year that opened up the a smartphone installed with a high quality a smartphone is going to last. It varies
smartphone market. camera. If the camera lens and the functions depending on the manufacturer make and
Instagram or Snapchat will However as in the case of Myanmar, only are just mid level or mid range, they should model, among numerous other factors. So if
definitely need a smartphone in 2014 the operators were allowed to sell
SIM cards freely so there was a big gap within
think of changing their smartphone.
Battery life is another major limitation
the user takes care and regularly checks the
performance of the phone it can last for the
installed with a high quality the prices of the smartphones with new
technology and normal mobile phones.
factor in a smartphone’s longevity. A
significant number of users end up ditching
full of its lifespan but if the functions begin to
slow down it is advisable to think of changing
camera. ’ Then again, the operating systems in the
phones also play an important part so if
their smartphones not because the platform
is unstable or the screen is broken but simply
to a new one.
Translation by: Zaw Nyunt
12

Latest gadgets popular in the market
KYI THA MAUNG
Neolution Atlas Pro Gaming Bag
Price: K49,000

Where ever you may go together with your laptop and all it accessories, it
is a must to have a bag which is strong enough to withstand the weather
to protect your laptop. So if you are planning this kind of bag, priority
should be given to Atlas Pro Gaming Bag. This Atlas Pro Gaming Bag is
a product of Neolution, the company that manufactured all kinds of
gadgets for game enthusiasts. It is able to comfortably fit in a seventeen
inch laptop and the material of the bag is a water-proof. There are also
compartments in the bag where the headset and other accessories can be
installed. This Neolution Atlas Pro Gaming Bag comes with a price tag of
K49,000.

Article 5 Gaming Headset
Price: K182,000

This headset delivers the balanced soundscape with
ultra-low distortion. It is installed with the latest 7.1 Rival 700 Gaming Mouse
surrounding DTS technology. The important part of this Price: K121,500
headset is in the microphone Clear Cast technology is
installed so during games, gamers are provided with a clear The Rival 700 is the most
sound and also suitable for casters. The headband also has powerful gaming mouse which has the first fully customizable OLED display,
a variety of colours so the customer can choose to their and customizable tactile alerts giving gamers real-time information and
liking. The price of this headset is K182, 000 on the market. notifications. It is not only the input device but by using this mouse, gamers
can feel the in-game events, aiding them in critical decision-making. The
display also shows the headshot. There are altogether seven buttons and also
installed with a vibration system so gamers will be able to feel the hit when
DX Racer Formula Chair playing games such as CSGO and Dota 2. It is also installed with a system
Price: K320,000 which is the Tactile Alert so the gamer immediately knows the failure during
the game by a vibration. This most advance mouse has a price of K121,500
If one will have to spend a couple of on the market.
hours in front of a computer, a chair
comfortable for the user will surely be
needed. So for that kind of situation,
DX Racer Chair will be the most
suitable as it is manufactured under
strict quality standards to offer the
customer the ultimate level of luxury
and comfort. Although originally
designed to heighten the gaming
experience, it has become the seat of
the user’s choice for relaxing while
gaming or working.
Unlike most office chairs on the
market, the DX Racer Formula Series
Chair has a high backrest to support
the entirety of your spinal column,
from pelvis to neck. The chair’s Neolution e-Sports Metallica Keyboard
backrest can recline up to 135 degree Price: K65,000
for the user to be comfortable. This
chair also offers a stable nylon five- This is a Plunger Aluminum keyboard. When a key is pressed there is a
point base with a gas spring, allowing sound and a vibration so it is a favorite for users. Under the keyboard there is
the user to adjust for varying heights also a RGB LED colors with 9 Effect mode. The lifespan of the keys are eight
to better meet the office or your million times and has the polling rate of 125Hz. Cable is a Mesh cable with
computer desk. The price of this chair magnet and the price of this keyboard is K65,000.
on the market is K320,000

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