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True Corporation, one of Thailand’s biggest mobile operators, unveiled its 200,000-square-metre Digital Park project yesterday, reportedly worth $500 million (20 billion THB), reports The Bangkok Post.

The planned facility also aims to foster the development of the country’s digital economy, with support for digital innovations and tech startups. The park will be located on Sukhumvit 101, and is currently under construction, expected to be commercially launched in mid 2018, according to True CEO, Supachai Cheravanont.

True Corp will ask the government to provide special tax incentives to foreign investors who will be setting up offices at the park. 

The project will feature a vast co-working space in an open air green area, offices and data centers. It will also include broadband and advanced 4G network, catering to big and small companies, universities and research institutions.

As reported by Tech in Asia, True Corp has made big investments in the country’s tech scene. Apart from the launch of the digital park, True has also launched a startup accelerator program, working closely with Silicon Valley VC firm 500 Startups to incubate young entrepreneurs and projects.

Thailand’s tech scene is relatively young and is often overlooked in favor of Singapore and Indonesia. However, True’s big investment into a ‘digital park’ may be a positive indication of the future landscape of Thailand ecommerce.

Versions of this appeared in Bangkok Post and Tech In Asia on August 19. Read the full versions here and here.

Rocket Internet is hiring for its four ventures in Myanmar to keep up with the country’s growth, reports Deal Street Asia.

Rocket Internet will be expanding operations and hiring more positions across all of its Myanmar based companies, they are as follows:

  1. work.com.mm – job search portal
  2. house.com.mm – real estate listings
  3. motors.com.mm – automobile listings
  4. ads.com.mm – classifieds

Rocket Ventures entered Myanmar in 2012 and was among the first foreign tech ventures in the country, even before the foreign telecom operators officially entered the market in 2014. The market is now growing rapidly, and Rocket wants to make sure they have the bandwidth to accommodate increasing demands.

The expansion of Motors.com.mm suggests that the market is heading towards a more sustainable economy with consumers looking into auto purchases, buying auto insurances and managing car loans.

The telecom market is also accelerating as Myanmar internet penetration increased with Myanma Post and Telecommunications (MPT) reaching 20 million users by the end of June 2016. The two foreign operators, Telenor and Ooredoo have also recently launched their 4G network. Telenor has 16 million customers in the country while Ooredoo has 6.9 million users.

As foreign operators have taken a large share of the telecom industry, this blocks a lot of growth for local players to take their share of the telecom pie.

Rocket Internet refused to disclose exact investments figures, but are committed to staying ahead in the ecommerce space by increasing their footprint.

Rocket Internet recognizes the significance of telecoms’ role in online retail, and have partnered up with Ooredoo for Shop.com.mm’s first mobile sale this year.

Among the four ventures of Rocket, work.com.mm and ads.com.mm have the highest number of visitors as they appeal to a broader group of people who are looking for a job or trade goods on an ongoing basis.

Data shows majority of visitors are accessing the site from their mobile phones.

Rocket Internet’s decision to expand operations may be linked to the increasingly competitive nature of the ecommerce market in Myanmar, as their business models are very simple and have low barriers to entry.

A version of this appeared in Deal Street Asia on July 18. Read the full version here.