(Nay Pyi Taw, 20.11.2014)Telenor Myanmar is pleased to announce the opening of the first Community Information Center (CiC) in Myanmar. The centre, called Telenor Light House, is located in Lewe in Nay Pyi Taw.
The second Light House will open in Dala in Yangon shortly after the Nay Pyi Taw centre.
Telenor is partnering with Myanmar Information Development Organization (MIDO to establish and run 200 CiCs in Myanmar. The partnership between Telenor and MIDO was signed in June, 2014.
“Telenor’s vision is to empower societies by contributing to the local communities where we operate. Opening the Light Houses is an important milestone for Telenor in Myanmar and a step towards fostering user adoption of mobile services and digital literacy across Myanmar. We hope everyone in the local neighbourhoods will use the centres”, says Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar, who attended the opening of the Nay Pyi Taw Light House.
U Nay Phone Latt, Executive Director of MIDO said “The Light Houses will be a source of light for the communities – to illuminate a path to easy access to information and knowledge. Each of the 200 centres will in time provide a connection to the outside world for rural communities that traditionally have not had access to connectivity or the masses of information available online.”
The Light Houses aim to boost user adoption of mobile connectivity and Internet in rural areas and improve digital literacy through nationwide initiatives for schoolchildren. The centres are run by local entrepreneurs, and will be open to anyone in the local community, from farmers to youth and local villagers.
Telenor will provide the required technical equipment and connectivity to the centres whereas MIDO is responsible for selecting the local social entrepreneurs who will run the Light Houses. Telenor and MIDO will jointly train the entrepreneurs and collaborate on developing the centres for sustainable business.
Both Telenor and MIDO have trained the local entrepreneurs in how to operate the centers from a technical and commercial point of view. The entrepreneurs were also trained on how to ensure the Light Houses are turned into sustainable businesses and that they are catering for the needs in the local community in which they will operate.
Ko Thant Zin Tun, the 37 years old local entrepreneur who will run the Community Information Centre in Lewe Township, said, “I believe that the Light Houses can positively impact the development process in Myanmar. Moreover, I am positive that the Light House will offer valuable support for example to youth and women who are trying to implement their entrepreneurial dreams.”
Telenor believes that telecom industry has the power to transform the society and corporate responsibility is an important factor. Telenor has been implementing CSR initiatives in Myanmar that will create shared value for people, society and business, and contribute to Myanmar’s social and economic development in a range of areas including establishing the CICs.
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