New CEO for Norwegian Telco

Telenor Myanmar will have a new chief at the helm starting next month, the company announced yesterday. Lars Erik Tellmann, the telco’s chief financial officer, will take over as CEO from Petter Furberg on August 1. Mr Furberg will remain with Telenor in Asia, but move to a role in the company’s digital business operations. […]

Telenor to roll out 4G in Myanmar as soon as summer

YANGON — Telenor Group will launch fourth-generation cellular service in Myanmar as early as this summer, Petter Furberg, CEO of the Norwegian carrier’s local arm, told The Nikkei. Telenor Myanmar is testing 4G in four cities. The rollout will begin when more spectrum becomes available, Furberg said. Myanmar’s government plans to hold an auction for […]

Mobile firms splash the cash in Myanmar

OOREDOO has extended a US$2 million sponsorship to the Myanmar Football Federation and Myanmar National League for this year. Meanwhile, MPT-KDDI joint operations is sponsoring Myanmar Idol, the nation’s most popular singing contest. Recently, Telenor launched its first nationwide karaoke contest, offering the winner a prize of 200 million kyats (about Bt5.8 million) and a […]

Viettel picked for fourth telecoms tie-up with military partner

Hanoi-based telecoms operator Viettel has been granted the right to negotiate with a local consortium, including a military-run partner, with a view to receiving a minority stake in a company that is likely to be awarded Myanmar’s long-anticipated fourth telecoms licence. Viettel, which is owned by Vietnam’s defence ministry, was one of seven foreign companies […]

Telenor’s first special auction fetches whopping MMK 4,835 lakhs (483.5 million)

February 25, 2016, Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited’s (“Telenor”) first public auction of special numbers today netted a total of MMK 4,835 lakhs (483.5 million), from 55 special numbers auctioned. Telenor announced earlier that all profits above the reserve price of MMK 3 million per number – in this case a total of MMK 3,183 […]

New spectrum auction ‘rushed’: Telenor, Ooredoo

Myanmar telecoms companies have been waiting for more spectrum – but an announcement about an upcoming auction has raised concerns, as there is no finalised plan for how it will be managed. The government released a draft version of its Spectrum Roadmap early this month, at nearly the same time it posted information about a […]

Upbeat Telenor Myanmar expects further growth next year

TELENOR Myanmar maintains its optimism about the market outlook despite the possible entry of a fourth telecom player in 2016. Still in the roll-out phase, the company, which claims to own the biggest third-generation cellular network in Myanmar, has set its sights on expanding in less populated areas next year. “In 2015, our focus was […]

Myanmar telecoms prepared for entry of fourth operator

Starting this month, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), the state-owned operator whose monopolistic rights ended last year, cut its Internet charges from 7 kyat (Bt0.21) per megabyte to 6 kyat. The short message fee was also reduced to 10 kyat, the lowest in the industry. Voice call charges are only 23 kyat per minute. Ooredoo […]

Telenor taxis hit the road

The Norwegian telco put the pedal down on the program yesterday with 300 taxis in Yangon as part of its “customer-first day”. Telenor said its upcoming fleet of branded taxis, tuk-tuks and trucks – which could reach 4000 in number – will be able to sell customers mobile prepaid e-load vouchers, connecting users with credit […]