Bidding lots called for Universal Service Fund

Request for Bids (RFBs) for Universal Service Fund (USF), a World Bank programme to expand communication services in underdeveloped areas, have been called to four bidding lots in Upper Myanmar.

The bidding lots will be in four townships – Hpasawang township in Kayah State, Sidoktaya township in Magway Region, Minbya and Ann townships in Rakhine State.

The USF is a project drafted in 2018 by the Department of Post and Telecommunication in collaboration with the World Bank to fulfill basic telecoms services in the public interest in any location by implementing universal service plans.

The Posts and Telecommunications department is inviting sealed bids from four eligible bidders (four-licensed telecommunication operators – MPT, Ooredoo, Telenor and Mytel) for procurement of rural pilot project.

The procurement is to provide Telecommunications Infrastructure Services in the Designated Areas in accordance with the Service Agreement (Subsidy Contract) for a minimum of five years.

The tender will comprise a competition to provide service in four different townships (and up to a maximum of 52 village tracts which have areas less than 80 percent population covered).

Each of the bidding lot is for the provision of services in one township in one State or Region.

According to the RFB document, the Service Provider must provide a set of Mandatory Services – Basic Voice and Broadband Services per Sub-section 1.5 – in each of the following Designated Areas/townships in where it wins a subsidy award.

Bidders are required to state how much subsidy they require for the provision of the Mandatory Services in the Designated Areas at least for a period of 5 years individually for each Lot for which they want to submit a bid, after which the Service Provider is expected to continue providing service. Bidders can bid for any or all lots according to their choice.

According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC), the government taxed telecoms operators starting June last year to acquire funds to be used for extending the telecommunications network to remote areas of the country that do not yet have access.

Source: Myanmar Times

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