Myanmar woos investments in infrastructure, transport and energy

With the recent enactment of the investment law and lifting of sanctions, Myanmar has become friendlier to foreign investment, particularly in infrastructure, transport and energy, according to its state investment agency. The Myanmar Investment Law was passed on Oct. 18 by combining the country’s foreign investment law and citizen investment law, providing income tax exemptions […]

Fourth Telecoms Licence to Be Issued Soon

​​ 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. […]

Myanmar Plans 1800-MHz Auction in March

Myanmar plans to hold an auction for 1800-MHz spectrum in March next year, some three months later than initially expected. The Ministry of Transport and Communications will allocate spectrum to allow operators Telenor Myanmar, Ooredoo Myanmar and MPT to expand their 4G networks, the Myanmar Times reported. The report cites the ministry’s deputy director of posts and […]

DCA Submits Plan For Regional Airports to Be Privately Run

The Department of Civil Aviation has submitted a plan under which private firms would renovate and run regional domestic airports across Myanmar under public-private partnership (PPP) agreements, deputy director general U Ye Htut Aung told The Myanmar Times. The DCA submitted the plan to the Ministry of Transport and Communications last month for inspection, which in […]

Hanthawaddy Airport Agreement in Final Stage

RANGOON — A final concession agreement will be signed by the end of this year with the Japanese-Singapore consortium which won a tender to construct the Hanthawaddy International Airport north of Rangoon, according to a government minister. U Thant Sin Maung, Burma’s Minister for Transport and Communications, told lawmakers during the parliamentary session on Tuesday […]

Water express tender imminent

The Yangon Region government will call a tender before the end of this month for private companies interested in providing river transport services, U Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), said. The regional government’s chief minister U Phyo Min Thein announced atransport reform initiative covering roads, railways and waterways in July. The […]

Ooredoo hits half a million on 4G

Ooredoo has racked up half a million 4G users since it became the first telecoms operator to roll out fourth-generation services in Myanmar in May, and is looking forward to a planned spectrum auction that would help it expand coverage, chief executive Rene Meza told The Myanmar Times. When it launched 4G the Qatari firm said […]

Three ministries clarify undertakings in first 100 days

THE second press conference on the Union government’s undertakings in the first 100 days was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The following is the brief of the ministries present at the conference. U Tin Myint, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Ministry made efforts in anti-narcotic policing, closed cases involving […]

Bandwidth Tender Suspended Again

The tender for a 2600MHz licence has been suspended yet again due to objections from two major telco players, Ooredoo and Telenor. “We will call tender for two types of frequencies. 2600MHz will be offered first, then 1800MHz will be next. Any spectrum licence holder can apply for 2600MHz. Detailed information will be released soon,” […]

Yangon to develop river transport express system

The Yangon Region government is planning to build a river express system for passengers – part of fundamental transport reforms that government officials hope will bring a new wave of industrial goods and commuters onto the country’s waterways. Myanmar is unique in Southeast Asia in boasting waterways – primarily the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers – […]