You are here: Home » Companies » News
Business Standard

Telenor, Ooredoo wins Myanmar telecom licences

Telenor, Qatar Telecom to be first set of private operators to provide telecom services in the country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Norwegian firm Telenor and Qatar Telecommunications today won telecom licences in Myanmar, one of the last untapped mobile phone markets globally, pipping India's Bharti Airtel and nine others.

The government committee in charge of licence bids "is pleased to announce that Telenor Mobile Communications and Ooredoo (Qatar Telecom) have been selected as the two successful applicants", a Myanmarese government statement said.

The expression of interest floated by Myanmar for two telecom licences received application from 91 entities and 12 including Vodafone, SingTel, Telecom-Orange and Marubeni Corporation were shortlisted. This was the first time Myanmar opened up the sector for private investments with aim to increase the overall tele-density of the country to 75 to 80% in 2015-2016.

Telenor and Qatar Telecom will be first set of private operators to provide telecom services in Myanmar.

Telenor in an exchange filing said it will now start final discussion with Myanmar authorities.

"If a final licence is granted, Telenor will build a state-of-the-art mobile network using HSPA and LTE-ready (4G) technologies, and aims to achieve nationwide network coverage within five years. Mobile voice and data services will be commercially launched by in 2014," it said.

At present, state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is the main telecommunications operator in the country. Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP), a joint venture between local private and the government, is primarily an Internet Services Provider in the country.

According to official data, as of end of December 2012, the current mobile base in Myanmar stood at 5.44 million subscribers or 9% penetration.

Out of this 3.62 million or 67% of mobile subscribers were using GSM, 0.74 million or 14% were using WCDMA technology based telecom services and 1.1 million or 20% were using CDMA mobile services.

Telecom major Airtel had earlier said it would bring its low-tariff, high volume business model to Mynamar.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, June 27 2013. 18:28 IST