Vietnamese telco Viettel, aiming to be licensed as part of a joint venture that should become Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator, says its partnership with a local consortium and a government-owned company could invest US$1.5 billion and would rely at first on 3G technology.
State-owned mobile operator Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has declined to share information on how many times the police have made requests for its customers’ data.
Pyithu Hluttaw speaker U Win Myint has urged the government to consider whether a 5 percent tax levied on telecommunications is appropriate, just one day after the duty was enacted after almost a year of delays.
Much talk in the telecoms market has been dedicated to the digital leapfrog: the almighty hop from legacy technology to a mobile-first future. Myanmar’s operators have seen subscriber figures jump by millions over the past few years; and though coverage rates have climbed higher than ever before, they’re not stopping now.
Private customer information has been requested of Myanmar’s international operators 85 times, and has been provided in less than one-quarter of these situations, according to telecoms operators Telenor and Ooredoo.
Telenor continues to confront thorny health and safety issues in Myanmar, with an accident on one of its tower sites leading to two deaths and continued instances of child and underage labour cropping up.
Hanoi-based telecoms operator Viettel has been granted the right to negotiate with a local consortium, including a military-run partner, with a view to receiving a minority stake in a company that is likely to be awarded Myanmar’s long-anticipated fourth telecoms licence.