Army-backed fourth telecom provider launched in Myanmar

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Myanmar’s fourth telecom operator, under the brand of Mytel, officially launched its services in the country on June 9 and offers 80 per cent of 2G and 4G network coverage across Myanmar, local media reported..

Telecom International Myanmar Company Limited, the company behind Mytel, is a joint venture between Myanmar government-owned Star High Public Co Ltd, the MTNH consortium comprising eleven Myanmar companies, as well as Vietnamese telecom company Viettel.

Viettel, which is backed by Vietnam’s defense ministry, owns a 49-per cent stake in the joint venture while the Myanmar consortium holds 23 per cent. Star High Public owns the remaining 28 per cent. This company is backed by Myanmar Economic Corporation, a conglomerate operated by the country’s military.

The eleven companies part of the MTNH consortium are Myanmar Technologies and Investment Corporation, Myanmar ICT Development Corporation, Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation, Shwe Pyi Tagon Telecommunication Public Company, Golden Land East Asia Development, Myanmar Edible Oil Industrial Public Corporation, Myanmar Industries Alliance Public, Myanmar Agriculture and General Development Public, International Power Generation Public Company, Royal Yatanarpon Telecom Public Company and Mahar Yoma Public Company.

Mytel spokesman Zaw Min Oo said that the company will invest $2 billion, half of which has already been spent.

“Mytel will be part of the digitisation movement of the country by providing state-of-the-art Internet technology from major cities to rural areas so that they can connect not only to each other but with the world,” said Oo.

The other three telecom operators include a local one, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication, and two foreign ones, Ooredoo from Qatar and Telenor from Norway, introduced successively over the past five years.

According to Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, mobile phone usage rate increased to over 110.43 per cent so far in Myanmar from 86.2 per cent in 2016. Meanwhile, the number of mobile subscribers in the country reached over 56.8 million in fiscal year 2017-2018, increasing by over 500,000 subscribers while there were 56.3 million mobile subscribers in fiscal year 2016-2017.

As a peculiar side fact, observers noted that military-linked Mytel is using phone numbers that start with 0-969. The numbers 969 represent the “three jewels” of Buddhism. 969 is also the name of a Buddhist nationalist and anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar.

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Myanmar’s fourth telecom operator, under the brand of Mytel, officially launched its services in the country on June 9 and offers 80 per cent of 2G and 4G network coverage across Myanmar, local media reported..

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Myanmar’s fourth telecom operator, under the brand of Mytel, officially launched its services in the country on June 9 and offers 80 per cent of 2G and 4G network coverage across Myanmar, local media reported..

Telecom International Myanmar Company Limited, the company behind Mytel, is a joint venture between Myanmar government-owned Star High Public Co Ltd, the MTNH consortium comprising eleven Myanmar companies, as well as Vietnamese telecom company Viettel.

Viettel, which is backed by Vietnam’s defense ministry, owns a 49-per cent stake in the joint venture while the Myanmar consortium holds 23 per cent. Star High Public owns the remaining 28 per cent. This company is backed by Myanmar Economic Corporation, a conglomerate operated by the country’s military.

The eleven companies part of the MTNH consortium are Myanmar Technologies and Investment Corporation, Myanmar ICT Development Corporation, Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation, Shwe Pyi Tagon Telecommunication Public Company, Golden Land East Asia Development, Myanmar Edible Oil Industrial Public Corporation, Myanmar Industries Alliance Public, Myanmar Agriculture and General Development Public, International Power Generation Public Company, Royal Yatanarpon Telecom Public Company and Mahar Yoma Public Company.

Mytel spokesman Zaw Min Oo said that the company will invest $2 billion, half of which has already been spent.

“Mytel will be part of the digitisation movement of the country by providing state-of-the-art Internet technology from major cities to rural areas so that they can connect not only to each other but with the world,” said Oo.

The other three telecom operators include a local one, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication, and two foreign ones, Ooredoo from Qatar and Telenor from Norway, introduced successively over the past five years.

According to Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, mobile phone usage rate increased to over 110.43 per cent so far in Myanmar from 86.2 per cent in 2016. Meanwhile, the number of mobile subscribers in the country reached over 56.8 million in fiscal year 2017-2018, increasing by over 500,000 subscribers while there were 56.3 million mobile subscribers in fiscal year 2016-2017.

As a peculiar side fact, observers noted that military-linked Mytel is using phone numbers that start with 0-969. The numbers 969 represent the “three jewels” of Buddhism. 969 is also the name of a Buddhist nationalist and anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar.

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