Fourth Telecoms Licence to Be Issued Soon

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The government will grant a telecoms licence to a fourth operator in early 2017, according to the Directorate of Telecommunications.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has picked Vietnam’s Viettel Co and Star High Public Co Ltd, which was nominated by the Ministry of Defence, to become the fourth telecoms operator. Eleven domestic public companies merged to form Myanmar National Telecom Holding Public Ltd for the licence.

Ooroodee offered services six months after getting the licence while it took Telenor eight months.

“It will take about one year to launch the service. Other operators launched their services in Yangon and Mandalay. The coverage was low. A fourth operator will find it difficult to start selling Sim cards that can be used only in Yangon and Mandalay at a time when other operators offer services across the country. It will launch its service only when it can operate nationwide,” said an official from the directorate.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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