Confusion over Myanmar mobile phone licenses

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Singtel myanmarEleven companies are eagerly awaiting Myanmar’s announcement on who won the two new mobile phone licenses the country is granting, a decision that was slated for June 27, but there is confusion about a possible postponement of the awards.

While Myanmar’s lower house of parliament on June 26 surprisingly ruled that the licenses should be delayed until a law governing the sector is passed, the Telecommunications Operator Tender Evaluation and Selection Committee said on June 27 that the announcement will be indeed made as planned and the parliament could not stop it. However, no exact time was given for the announcement.

Of the 90 companies that initially submitted bids, 11 have been shortlisted including Singapore Telecommunications, Bharti Airtel of India, KDDI Corp. of Japan, Telenor of Norway, Ooredoo of Qatar and George Soros’ Digicel. Telenor has been reported having already recruited staff and opened an office in Yangon.

Experts say the tender is one of the most competitive telecom bids ever seen in the industry, as international companies vie to invest in what is widely regarded as one of the world’s last untapped mobile markets.

 

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Eleven companies are eagerly awaiting Myanmar’s announcement on who won the two new mobile phone licenses the country is granting, a decision that was slated for June 27, but there is confusion about a possible postponement of the awards.

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Singtel myanmarEleven companies are eagerly awaiting Myanmar’s announcement on who won the two new mobile phone licenses the country is granting, a decision that was slated for June 27, but there is confusion about a possible postponement of the awards.

While Myanmar’s lower house of parliament on June 26 surprisingly ruled that the licenses should be delayed until a law governing the sector is passed, the Telecommunications Operator Tender Evaluation and Selection Committee said on June 27 that the announcement will be indeed made as planned and the parliament could not stop it. However, no exact time was given for the announcement.

Of the 90 companies that initially submitted bids, 11 have been shortlisted including Singapore Telecommunications, Bharti Airtel of India, KDDI Corp. of Japan, Telenor of Norway, Ooredoo of Qatar and George Soros’ Digicel. Telenor has been reported having already recruited staff and opened an office in Yangon.

Experts say the tender is one of the most competitive telecom bids ever seen in the industry, as international companies vie to invest in what is widely regarded as one of the world’s last untapped mobile markets.

 

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