Telecommunications has the power to change lives forever

Sebastien Hie, Regional sales director, Orange French telecommunications giant orange is one of 14 partners in a consortium formed to lay an undersea cable linking Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries with the Middle East and Western Europe. The 20,000-kilometre SEAME-WE 5 fibre optic cable will be the second to link with Myanmar, after SEAME-WE […]

KDDI to help run MPT operations in Myanmar

State-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) is set to sign a partnership agreement with Japanese operator KDDI by the end of this month which will see the Japanese firm taking control of MPT’s day-to-day operations. The Myanmar Times quotes Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) official U Than Tun Aung as saying: ‘The process […]

MPT to enter agreement with Japan’s KDDI

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) aims to sign a partnership agreement with Japanese mobile services provider KDDI Corporation by the end of the month, according to government officials. KDDI will be the operator of state-owned MPT under the agreement, said U Than Tun Aung, a director from the Ministry’s Posts and Telecommunications Department. “The process […]

Orange inks roaming agreement with MPT

The France-based telecom giant Orange has extended its roaming service to Myanmar after signing an agreement with Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) in December, an MPT official told The Myanmar Times on January 2. The agreement enables visitors to make calls with foreign SIM cards, and also allows phones with MPT SIM cards to work […]

Myanmar: Global operators wooing MPT, executive says

Global telecom operators have expressed interest in working with government-owned operator Myanmar Post and Telecommunications even before its privatization, its general manager said without disclosing the names of the firms. Media reports, and industry observers, have identified Vodafone and Orange as two of the leading suitors of MPT but Kyaw Soe Win declined to confirm […]

Myanmar offers losers in mobile licence contest second chance

Subscribe to our Tender Alert. We send out email alert on Tender and EOI as it happens. Mobile phone companies that lost out in the race for two mobile phone licences in Myanmar are being invited to pitch for a stake in what is one of the world’s last major untapped markets – alongside state […]

Competition intensifies for Myanmar telecom bid

Competition has intensified between the remaining telecom companies who are competing for a lucrative license to operate in Myanmar. Many have recently announced how much they intend to spend should they win the bid and are busy advertising their services in local media. “We have more than 195 million users in 22 countries. The selection […]

‘Beauty contest’ for Myanmar’s telecoms bid

International telecoms giants have been roped into a pageant as they jostle for two operating licenses in Myanmar ahead of final bids in June, following an announcement from the government on Monday that the winners will be selected through a ‘beauty contest method’. The government has hired Roland Berger, Munich-based strategy consultants that employ a […]

12 firms pre-qualified for Myanmar 2 telco licence

Out of the 22 applications that were received – the Myanmar’s Ministry of Communication of Post and Telegraph has announced that 12 applicants have been pre-qualified to submit tender for the 2 telco licence. The pre-qualified firms are: Airtel Consortium Axiata Group Berhad Digicel (Soros’ Quantum Strategic Fund is part of this group) France Telecom-Orange […]

George Soros among 22 bidders vying for telco licence in Myanmar

The Quantum Strategic Partners whose principal adviser is Soros Fund Management has teamed up with Digicel Group Limited and YSH Finance to enter into the battle for the telco licence. “It’s quite a big opportunity,” Digicel spokeswoman Antonia Graham told AFP. “We are looking at an initial project investment of between $1.5 billion and $2 […]