Myanmar mobile phone licenses delayed again

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myanmar-telecomThe Myanmar government has once again delayed the approval of the telecommunications by-law until January 2014, local media reports said. The delay will further postpone foreign operators’ rolling out of nationwide telecommunication services, for they will be granted telecoms licenses only after approval of the by-law.

It was earlier expected to come out in December 2013, since the government published the by-law and asked for public feedback on November 4.

The Ministry of Information and Technology reported that it submitted the telecommunications by-law to the Attorney General’s Office in the last week of December 2013. Approval is widely expected to take place in the second week of January 2014.

Back in June 2013, Norway-based Telenor and Qatar-based Ooredoo won the government tender for nationwide telecoms licenses. The two companies are required to launch their services eight months after they are awarded licenses.

Telenor Myanmar’s CEO Peter Furburg recently said that the company had expected to receive its telecoms license in December. However, it is now clear that January is the earliest time the government can grant the licenses, and telecoms operators will be able to launch services only after mid-2014, several sources say.

Meanwhile, Myanmar Post and Telecommunications said they would be expanding GSM/UMTS telephone networks and installing new devices between December 23 and 29, so users might experience inconvenience when making phone calls during that period.

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The Myanmar government has once again delayed the approval of the telecommunications by-law until January 2014, local media reports said. The delay will further postpone foreign operators’ rolling out of nationwide telecommunication services, for they will be granted telecoms licenses only after approval of the by-law.

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myanmar-telecomThe Myanmar government has once again delayed the approval of the telecommunications by-law until January 2014, local media reports said. The delay will further postpone foreign operators’ rolling out of nationwide telecommunication services, for they will be granted telecoms licenses only after approval of the by-law.

It was earlier expected to come out in December 2013, since the government published the by-law and asked for public feedback on November 4.

The Ministry of Information and Technology reported that it submitted the telecommunications by-law to the Attorney General’s Office in the last week of December 2013. Approval is widely expected to take place in the second week of January 2014.

Back in June 2013, Norway-based Telenor and Qatar-based Ooredoo won the government tender for nationwide telecoms licenses. The two companies are required to launch their services eight months after they are awarded licenses.

Telenor Myanmar’s CEO Peter Furburg recently said that the company had expected to receive its telecoms license in December. However, it is now clear that January is the earliest time the government can grant the licenses, and telecoms operators will be able to launch services only after mid-2014, several sources say.

Meanwhile, Myanmar Post and Telecommunications said they would be expanding GSM/UMTS telephone networks and installing new devices between December 23 and 29, so users might experience inconvenience when making phone calls during that period.

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