Myanmar telecom competition heats up with 4G push

MYANMAR’S three telecommunications operators, buoyed by the burgeoning ranks of smartphone users, have intensified their efforts to provide 4G/Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services with the sales hook of faster data connections. Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, the nation’s leading telecommunications operator, on Monday launched Myanmar’s fastest data service, dubbed LTE+, with the 1.8GHz spectrum that was recently […]

Ooredoo Switches Creative Agency in Myanmar

The client had selected TBWA Thailand as its creative agency and Phibious for digital duties in January 2016, but called another pitch in November last year. Havas Riverorchid, TBWA and Phibious competed for the account, which Phibious won, taking over creative duties starting in May. The contract runs for two years. Phibious also remains responsible […]

Myanmar Allocates 1.8GHz Spectrum with $80m Price Point

Myanmar’s four operators have each been allocated 2x40MHz blocks of technology neutral spectrum in the 1.8GHz band by the country’s Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD). The department has set the price of a 2x10MHz block at $80 million through a direct allocation method. If an operator chooses to acquire the airwaves they will be required […]

Telenor Myanmar snaps up 1800MHz spectrum

Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor Myanmar has confirmed that it has purchased a twelve-year licence for a 2×10MHz block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band. The frequencies were priced at USD80 million with Telenor paying USD32 million up front, with the remainder to follow between the second and fourth year of the licence term. The cellco acquired […]

Liberalisation of Telecom Sector Contributed to Myanmar’s Economic Growth

​​ An expert symposium held on 12 January in Myanmar’s capital, attributed the liberalisation of the Telecommunications industry in Myanmar for the many positive contributions to the growth of country’s economy. With more than USD 2.8 billion investment in just two years from countries including Japan, Norway and Qatar, the telecommunications sector is one of […]

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 […]

4G services launched in Myanmar

COMPETITION in Myanmar’s telecom industry is as fierce as ever with two foreign players launching 4G services to cope with increasing data demand in the country. Telenor Myanmar last week launched a 4G service in Nay Pyi Taw, nearly two months after Ooredoo Myanmar offered the technology in the capital city along with Yangon and […]

15 companies short-listed for Yangon Central Railway Station development tender announced

Myanma Railways has shortlisted 15 firms and joint ventures, including a number of well-known local companies, that responded to an EOI to redevelop Yangon Central Railway Station and the surrounding area in downtown Yangon. This is the railway ministry’s second attempt to tender the project, after an initial tender called in 2014 was cancelled last […]

Ooredoo raises $300 million from IFC, ADB

Ooredoo Myanmar has raised US$300 million through a loan from the Asian Development Bank and International Finance Corporation, to fund the rollout of its network. In an announcement on February 7, the Qatari operator said the ADB and IFC would provide $150 million each, though provided no details of the terms of the financing. Last […]

Overwhelming interest for Yangon Railway Station plot

Yangon – More than 70 local and foreign companies have submitted their expression of interests to develop the land plot surrounding the Yangon Central Railway Station, according to Myanmar Railways. An anonymous source from the tender scrutinising committee said that their bids would be shortlist and the result would be announced in the second week […]