You may also know that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is trying to found a system which every people in the world can use free internet. Zukerberg believe that internet is a solution for human being to solve the problem, to share experience and to help each other. At the present, Mark is targeting to some African regions. He is leading in creating unmanned plane which produce internet signal. Hopefully people from all over the world can have fast and free internet access.
In Myanmar, the internet cost is high. In addition, the internet speed is very, very slow. For us, we are using in the office fiber internet line from a local service provider. But it takes at least 3 minutes to open Gmail. We cannot watch YouTube video tutorials and we cannot download the data which size over 300MB. On paper, local service providers said the speed is 1Mb per second, 2Mb per second and over. The real is less than 215 Mb sometime. Even in sometimes, the internet is cut off more than 5 hours. What we can do at that time is nothing. The internet via mobile phone data can only help us checking Facebook News Feed. Sometime, we cannot even check news feed on Facebook.
We cannot surf on Google, sign in Facebook, watch YouTube movies and other useful things. As the internet is suck, many people in Myanmar only try to check their notification on Facebook for pleasure, check entertainment websites and enjoy the 18+ websites. So only few people in Myanmar can use internet in useful way. Some people even don’t know what the difference between Facebook and Internet. They know Facebook, but they don’t know internet. It’s so weird, but it is true story. It’s like we are blocked to learn, to read, to improve our knowledge. Myanmar government and Ministry of Information Technology still don’t do anything better for citizens.
There is no free internet, no cheap internet and no fast internet in the country. To use internet which is a little faster than the internet speed of daytime, IT people in Myanmar used internet at midnight without sleeping. Then not much creative and amazing idea are not coming out from entrepreneurs also. The government should know that internet is very important for IT industry of Myanmar. The government should also learn that India get developed so fast by the help of IT industry. India raised many professional people for IT and they developed many software and hardware. Their oriented products became IT related things.
Myanmar is also having potential to raise higher if there is internet. But now, the country is developing very slowly as you see. Internet speed is directly proportional to the development of the country. As long as the government cannot do anything for internet speed, no local and FDI IT companies will not be able to help country to develop.
Author: Aung Kham