Yangon, September 21, 2015 – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) today nominated Wun Zinn application winner to represent Myanmar in the Digital Winners conference in Norway, in October 2015. The winner will compete with five other innovative applications from Telenor Group’s Asian business units (from Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan) to win the Best App in Asia.
This year, Telenor invited a number of local developers to submit applications under the theme of ‘Education’. Bagan Innovation Technology (BiT) won the contest with its Wun Zinn application.
Wun Zinn application was introduced to Myanmar readers one year ago. Users can buy the books available, and part of the sales directly goes to the writers and content owners. The E-books are custom-made to cater different mobile device sizes, and users can read comfortably even on small-screen devices. Wun Zinn also makes sure that ebooks are compressed and of small-size so that books can be downloaded even on slow internet speeds, enabling further savings on mobile data costs.
Digital Winners is an annual conference created by Telenor Group to recognize ICT innovators and entrepreneurs, and gathers the Nordic region’s leaders and innovators in media, technology and communications. This year the event will also showcase innovators and entrepreneurs from selected Asian markets. The Digital Winners Best App in Asia competition aims to recognise the exploding market of mobile connectivity and consumer App development in the Asia region.
“We are delighted for being selected as the representative for Myanmar. We have put in a lot of hard work, time, capital investment, and manpower to create our e-book store to Myanmar readers in the hope of encouraging people to read more and gain knowledge,” said Ko Thet Lynn Han, co-founder of BiT.
He added “We are proud to be recognised for our hard work, and thank Telenor for enabling us to go and compete on the international stage. We will try our best for the final competition.”
Apart from books, magazines, daily newspapers and weekly journals, Wun Zinn has also recently launched its audio-book service. “More than 100,000 downloads including 70,000 monthly active users are now on Wun Zinn. In the near future, we will launch the books in ethnic languages such as Shan, Mon, Rakhine, and Karen,” said Ko Thet Lynn Han.
Bagan Innovation Technology (BiT) was founded in 2012 specializing in mobile application development. BiT has developed over 70 mobile apps for local market over 4 years. Currently, the company is focusing on developing content-centric consumer products as well as providing mobile publishing services to media companies. Flagship products from BiT are Bagan Keyboard and Wun Zinn e-book store.
“It is encouraging to see that young developers like BiT have taken such a simple concept and made it into an app that helps Myanmar move forward,” said Ali Masood, Head of Product and Customer Value Management from Telenor Myanmar. “With many different ethnic groups in Myanmar, ensuring all languages are getting a fair share and being kept alive, the e-book store app is a very promising concept. Consumers can benefit from the many different books available in the store and spread awareness about these languages.”