Myanmar braces for mobile phone boom as Internet access trickles in

In Yangon, Myanmar, giant Samsung billboards hang overhead as dozens of handset shops line the crowded city streets and advertise the latest smartphones. Just a few years ago, you wouldn’t have seen such a sight, said Soe Nyi Nyi, a local tech entrepreneur. “There’s been a lot of changes,” he said. “There’s a lot of […]

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 […]

Uncertainty over law clouds Telecom tender

Consortiums submitting final bids this week for two telecoms licences are grappling with a number of uncertainties, particularly over the legislative framework for telecoms liberalisation. Analysts said these uncertainties could have a dampening effect on how much contenders are willing to offer as a licence fee but have broadly praised the government’s handling of the […]

Telecom bidders vie to stand out in Myanmar ‘beauty contest’

Bidders for telecom licences in Myanmar are stepping up activities in the country in hopes of scoring high in a “beauty contest” being held by consultants hired by the government. The 12 shortlisted candidates were prequalified on April 11. The two successful applicants will be named on June 27. The government intends to finalise the […]

Myanmar telecom tender – what factors will determine the winner?

Based on the list of 12 pre-qualified firms or consortia all of them have a strong telecom operator that meets the stringent criteria of the pre-qualifcation. The pre-qualification criteria were designed in such a way that only firm or consortium with strong telecom operator experience will be shortlisted. The criteria are: The Operator was commercially […]

Myanmar to award 2 telecom licences in June 2013

Over 90 telecom companies have expressed their interest to bid for a licence to operate a mobile network in Myanmar. Companies such as Singtel and Telenor are expected to be strong contenders for the licence. In total 2 licences will be issued in order to ensure competition and the best deal for the consumers. The […]