Myanmar’s fourth and final telecoms firm – operating under the brand name Mytel – will make use of the AAE-1 submarine cable, infrastructure belonging to state-owned MECtel and try to beat its rivals on services charges, its external relations officer said at press conference last weekend.
At long last Myanmar’s fourth telecoms operator has its licence, but the brand name under which it will operate remains under wraps and the firm will only begin providing services in 2018, according to its external relations officer.
A government allocation of spectrum that will allow telecoms firms to vastly improve 4G services is scheduled for March next year, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Lars Erik Tellmann, who took over as CEO of Telenor in August this year, spoke to The Myanmar Times about the phenomenal growth in data consumption, preparing to compete with a fourth operator and why Telenor has not repatriated a single kyat of Myanmar profits.
Qatari telecom firm Ooredoo continues to reduce losses in its Myanmar arm relative to 2015, according to the group’s third-quarter results, although the Myanmar operation saw new subscriptions dip compared to the last two quarters.
Telenor is facing “tough competition” in Myanmar, the group’s chief executive Sigve Brekke said in a results presentation yesterday. The Norwegian firm is seeing subscriptions growth in the country slow, but its Myanmar operations have still posted higher revenues so far in 2016 than in the whole of the previous year.