Telenor Group and communications technology provider Ericsson have inked a five-year deal to improve the operator’s networks in Thailand, Bangladesh and Myanmar, the company announced on February 25.
If you are one of the estimated 26.6 million women living in Myanmar, you are almost 30 percent less likely to have a mobile phone than a man, according to a new report on gender and connectivity from GSMA and Sri Lanka-based think tank LIRNasia.
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.
International operators Ooredoo and Telenor have expressed concerns to the government that a long-awaited fourth mobile operator will be given unfair advantage, while a source close to the licensing process believes the concerns are unfounded.
Myanmar telecoms companies have been waiting for more spectrum – but an announcement about an upcoming auction has raised concerns, as there is no finalised plan for how it will be managed.
Seven foreign companies have expressed interest in establishing a joint venture that will become Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator, with applicants representing Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).