The government has issued a call for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) in the tender for two nationwide telecommunications services licences.
Interested companies have until 3pm on January 25 to submit their EOIs to the Telecommunication Operator Tender Evaluation and Selection Committee in Nay Pyi Taw, a press release run in state-run media on January 15 stated.
The first two licences will be issued during the first half of 2013, it said.
“The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has laid down the policy framework for the development of the country’s telecommunications and ICT industry by facilitating competition of both local and international operators in the sector,” the statement said.
“One of the principal goals for this is to increase the overall tele-density of the country to 75 percent to 80pc in 2015-2016, to make the telecommunications services available to the public at affordable prices, and to give the public the capability of choice for the telecoms services,” the statement said.
A total of four telecoms licences will be issued as the sector is overhauled. Malaysia’s Axiata, Caribbean based Digicel, Norwegian Telenor, Vietnam's VNPT-Fujitsu and Russian VimpelCom are eager to gain a foothold in the largely untapped market, The Myanmar Times reported.
Myanmar's mobile phone penetration ranks among the lowest in the world, with an estimated less than 3 percent of the population having access, shows a report from Deloitte from 2012.
“Telecommunications, including mobile telephony, is in urgent need of investment,” The Asian Development Bank said in a report issued in August 2012.