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Can you connect to the Internet in Myanmar (Burma)?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma, Travel Tip

This is interesting question…. the short answer is, yes you can. However…

I found that I could easily connect to the Internet on my phone, although it was slow. 3G coverage was available and was fairly good in the cities and suburbs. The ‘roaming’ deal I had with my phone company was pretty poor, and most days I exceed my limit quite early (around 11 am), after which the connection would ‘throttle’ and then die completely around mid to late afternoon.

WiFi in the hotels was usable but very very slow, and sometimes didn’t work at all.

I had heard that there was Internet censorship in Myanmar (Burma). I am not sure whether or not I encountered it. I did notice that Evernote often refused to connect (which was odd), and that was annoying. I think the failed connections was due to the size of the entries I was trying to move (I use Evernote for blogging and notes often exceed 90 MB once I have added the photos). The connection did seem better when I was using VPN, but again it was slow.

Dropbox was also slow, again I think this was due to the large image files I was moving.

Facebook is incredibly popular in Myanmar (Burma), and was surprisingly fast and seemed to work everywhere. The popularity of Facebook was a surprise. Everyone seemed to be on it all the time. I am not sure whether the popularity of Facebook was due to Facebook being popular, or because it was one of the services in Myanmar (Burma) that consistently worked, and was relatively fast.

I had heard that Twitter was banned. I was told by several people I met in Myanmar (Burma) that it was, and yet I was able to connect easily to read and post Tweets.

So, in conclusion, yes you can use and connect to the Internet in Myanmar (Burma). However, connections are patchy and when you do connect it is slow. Don’t think about trying to move large files!

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