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 […]

Myanmar Grants 123 Licenses to Telecoms Companies Since 2015

Myanmar authori­ties issued a to­tal of 123 licens­es to companies in the booming telecommuni­cations sector in the past two years, official media reported last week. The licenses were grant­ed to 85 foreign and 38 lo­cal companies by the Post and Telecommunications Department. They cov­ered business activities including network facili­ties services, application services and nationwide telecoms […]

How Mytel is Set to Shake Up Myanmar’s Telecoms Sector

​​ The entrance of a new operator to Myan­mar’s telecoms sec­tor has brought a wave of new investment and heightened competition to an already crowded mar­ket, promising expanded service options and lower pricing for consumers. In mid-January the telecoms regulator, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, for­mally issued the country’s fourth nationwide tel­ecommunications licence (NTL) […]

MPT and KBZ Join Forces for SIM Registration

​​ Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) SIM cards can be registered at Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) branches across the nation starting in December 2016, the two companies have jointly announced. “We are working with KBZ to register all the MPT users before March 2017. We will continue to look for the most convenient options for all […]

Telenor and MPT apply for spectrum auction

Telecoms companies Telenor and state-owned MPT will be among the potential bidders at a long-awaited auction for more broadband spectrum next month, while rival telco Ooredoo has decided to wait for a separate auction it expects to happen later in the year. Spectrum – the radio frequency on which communication traffic can be sent – […]

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 […]

Bandwidth Tender Suspended Again

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list 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 […]

KBZ CIO talks connectivity

Myanmar’s mobile rollout has connected millions to the internet for the first time – but it has not been without growing pains, especially in the form of outages and sometimes spotty service. Stephane Lamoureux, chief executive officer of KBZ Gateway, spoke to The Myanmar Times about the physical and regulatory challenges facing the country’s telecoms industry, as well as […]

Redlink hits back over spectrum auction concerns

While international mobile operators Telenor and Ooredoo have criticised an upcoming spectrum auction for potentially coming ahead of finalised industry guidelines, a major local player has fired back, denying the sale is rushed and suggesting the companies are averse to competition. Multinational telcos Telenor and Ooredoo have raised concerns that selling more spectrum before the […]