Telenor and MPT apply for spectrum auction

Telecoms companies Telenor and state-owned MPT will be among the potential bidders at a long-awaited auction for more broadband spectrum next month, while rival telco Ooredoo has decided to wait for a separate auction it expects to happen later in the year. Spectrum – the radio frequency on which communication traffic can be sent – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

IFC to loan Ooredoo $150 million for infrastructure

The project – which has been in the works for the last few months and has involved Ooredoo’s corporate group, local management in Myanmar and the IFC – will primarily fund infrastructure development, according to Ooredoo’s new CEO, Rene Meza. The funding will mostly go toward “expansion of our existing network footprint,” he told The […]

Results reveal Ooredoo falling further behind rival Telenor

The gap between international operator Ooredoo and its rival Telenor has widened again this quarter, with Ooredoo reporting less than half the number of subscribers secured by the Norwegian operator over the same period. Ooredoo and Telenor, which recently announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, have been locked in fierce competition, along […]

Ooredoo to Get New CEO for Myanmar Unit

Qatari telecoms firm Ooredoo said that Rene Meza, currently managing director of Vodacom Tanzania, will replace Ross Cormack as CEO of its Myanmar business. The firm said in a statement that Cormack “has taken the decision to leave his position later this year.” Over the past two years, Ross has led the Myanmar unit from […]