Myanmar’s wireless market heating up

YANGON — Competition in Myanmar’s mobile phone market is getting fierce. With sustained downward pressure on prices, the industry fears it could squeeze itself out of profitability. And things could get worse. Last July, Myanmar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said it would invite bids for a fourth mobile phone operator’s license. At first, […]

Myanmar calls EOI for fourth telecoms operator

Subscribe to our Tender Alert. We send out email alert on Tender and EOI as it happens. The government has asked international telecoms operators to submit expressions of interest ahead of a tender for the country’s fourth operator licence, to be awarded in 2016. Companies will apply to join a local consortium of 11 local […]

Local consortium to claim Myanmar’s fourth telco licence

Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) is working with a management committee to form a consortium of local partners, which will bid jointly for Myanmar’s coveted fourth telecommunications operator licence, according to YTP chief executive officer U Shane Thu Aung. After years in which the telecommunications sector was dominated by state-owned monopoly Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), in […]

YTP in talks for Vietnamese partnership

The fourth mobile operator set for Myanmar is close to finalising partnership talks with Vietnam’s military-run Viettel , according to Reuters news agency. In November the firm had said it planned to partner with an unnamed Myanmar firm with an investment of US$800 million. Partnering with Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) is seen as the last way […]

Thai True Corp says talks with Myanmar’s Yatanarpon on hold

(Reuters) – Thailand’s True Corp, controlled by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont, said on Monday its negotiations with Myanmar’s Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) are on hold, but the company continues to look for opportunities to open telecommunication services in the country. “There are some conditions that the two sides can’t agree,” Chief Financial Officer Noppadol Dej-Udom told Reuters. […]

YTP hunting for partners as private launches get close

Yatanarpon Teleport public company (YTP) is still negotiating a potential partnership with foreign firms, according to CEO U Shane Thu Aung. As one of four firms to be licensed to provide mobile coverage in Myanmar, YTP began negotiations with Thailand’s True at the end of 2013 but has since widened its discussions, he said. “We […]

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 […]

Thailand’s True in talks to operate mobile service in Myanmar

BANGKOK/YANGON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Thailand’s True Corp Pcl is in talks with Myanmar’s Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) on jointly starting mobile phone operations in Myanmar, a senior True executive said on Wednesday. “We are in the process of negotiating with YTP. If successful, we need to seek approval from True Corp’s board and then we […]

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 […]

Ooredoo eyes Myanmar network sharing with Telenor to cut cost

Ooredoo is in talks with Norway’s Telenor to share transmitter towers in Myanmar, seeking cost savings as they build networks in one of the world’s least developed telecom markets, a top executive at the Qatari firm said. Myanmar awarded the country’s first foreign-held mobile licences to the two companies in June after receiving interest from […]