Telenor tests 4G across five cities

Telenor Myanmar has tested fourth-generation (4G) mobile services in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Myawady and Muse, a company spokesperson has told The Myanmar Times. The tests come as the Norwegian mobile operator looks to migrate to 4G, a move that rival telco Ooredoo has already started. The Qatari firm’s website says its fourth-generation rollout […]

Telenor addresses underage labour, corruption and site fatalities

At a sustainability briefing yesterday – the third given by the Norwegian operator, which is the only telco to hold a public event discussing these issues – Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg covered major risks in the telecoms sector ranging from land issues to health and safety concerns. And though the company has taken measures […]

MIL buys equity stake in Apollo Towers

Apollo Towers raised US$30 million in equity from Myanmar Investments International Limited (MIL) on July 31, six weeks after receiving approval for a $250 million loan from the US government’s development finance arm, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The towers company, which was set up by former CEO of Orange Group Sanjiv Ahuja and US […]

Telenor absorbs commercial top-up tax

Telenor absorbs commercial top-up tax Telenor has been subsididing a 5 percent commercial tax on telecoms since its launch, according to Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg. An update to Myanmar’s commercial tax law took telecoms off a list of services exempt from the 5pc tax on April 1, according to Mr Furberg. While Telenor complied […]

Telenor teams up with Opera in data duet

Telenor Myanmar has teamed with Norway-based software company Opera to help customers surf the web more cheaply, the telco announced November 1. The partnership accompanies Telenor Group’s “internet for all” initiative as well as its mass market-focused strategy in Myanmar. Opera’s browser, Opera Mini, makes web pages up to 90 percent smaller to reduce their […]

Telenor Myanmar is set to switch on in Mandalay

Telenor Myanmar is ready to sell millions of SIM cards in order to avoid a shortage and prevent black-market sales, as the service will kick off tomorrow in Mandalay. “Our SIM cards will be available in more than 1,500 stores in Mandalay … All SIM cards can be used at 11am on Saturday. Within weeks […]

Telenor CEO says main obstacle is telecom towers

The major obstacle Telenor Myanmar faces is installing enough telecommunication towers to reach its full capacity, its CEO, Petter Furberg, told the Myanmar Connect 2014 Forum on September 16. The forum provided a platform for each operator to discuss the challenges they face in the telecom sector. Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) general manager Khin […]

Telenor SIM cards set to arrive in September

Telenor will launch their K1500 SIM cards in September, CEO Petter Furberg announced last week. The over-the-counter sales will require no pre-registration. “The fixed-price cards will work immediately on insertion into the phone,” he said, adding that the cards would be sold to anyone producing an identification card. Mr. Furberg said “The 3G network will […]