Private telecom companies soon to be given licenses

The government is expected to issue two private telecom licenses within the next two weeks, according to sources from Ooredoo Myanmar.

This will allow both Ooredoo and Telenor, the two winners of last year’s bid to operate private telecommunication businesses in Myanmar, to begin providing mobile services.

“We are preparing to work out building 3G networks, implementing a distribution plan, drawing market plan, and implementing social, economical and financial benefits plans for the public,” said an official from Ooredoo Myanmar.

Telenor is currently calling for applicants for local outlets in addition to recruiting new staff. Although the deadline for applicants is over, on January 9 the announced that they are still accepting application forms.

The privatisation process of two local telecom operators, the state-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunications and Yatanarpon Telecom is still under way. However, there is a significant lack of transparency as to how this is being implemented.

Source: ELEVEN Myanmar

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