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With a population of more than 60 million and an economy which is only now opening up, Myanmar’s telecom sector is very attractive to global companies such as Axiata, Telenor, Digicel, VNPT-Fujitsu, VimpelCom, and TeliaSonera AB. All are competing for a chance to bag the two licenses that are to be given out to foreign firms with 4G services targeted as early as 2013.
Two other licences are for Burmese companies. One of the mobile phone licenses would be awarded to Myanmar Telecoms Company, a privatised company from the state-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunications. Another would go to local ISP Yataraporn Teleport. While telecoms players are looking at having presence in the country, Myanmar government is in the midst of selecting a consultant that will oversee an upcoming tender for the telecom licences.
Hence, Myanmar Telecoms Reform Update on 16 October 2012 in Yangon, is well poised for an update on “Myanmar Telecoms Sector Review” by U Zaw Min Oo, Secretary General, Myanmar Computer Federation. He will unveil Current Status of Telecom Networks and Operators, Telecom Infrastructure and Telecom Services, Costs and Tariffs, Local Companies involved in Telecom Sector, On-going Telecom Developments and HRD Challenges. Other key experts from Barons Tele-Link Services, DigiCom, Qualcomm International, Yatanarpon Teleport, Tune Talk, Ericsson, SFM Telecoms, Amara Communications, Detecon, Contatica Asia, and Garnet Consulting are also sharing their expertise at the event.
Analyst firm Nomura Research’s report in March cited Myanmar as “one of the last untapped telecom markets in the region”, with the government’s plans to increase mobile penetration by 50% by 2015. In its efforts to bring mobile and internet access to nearly 60 million population and to drive international investment, Myanmar has begun the process of liberalising its communications networks.
Thein Tun, Myanmar Post and Telecommunication Minister told parliament, “(We) have started working on a reform plan to provide telecommunication services to the people at an international standard and at a cheap price.”
He also said that Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications, a state-owned telephone operator, and Internet provider Yatanarpon Teleport, plans to form joint ventures after a tender process which involves “local and overseas companies that have experience in international telecommunication services.” “After negotiations between consultancy groups and officials, we will continue our (reform of the) telecommunication service by calling an international tender,” he said. He also added that the ministry was planning a new communications law.
Officials are calling for consultants to organise a planned telecoms bidding process that would open a nascent market to foreign investors who are keen to penetrate Myanmar’s huge growth potential industry. A major opportunity is seen in this sector for international companies to provide mobile phones to an estimated 96% of the country’s population.
Myanmar Telecoms Reform Update, to be held on 16 October 2012 in Yangon promises insight into the initiatives for the Telecom sector reform and the future of the telecom market. This interactive update and briefing will be led by a team of ICT experts, who will deliver a forecast of Myanmar’s growing telecom market as well as address the emerging issues in the industry. To take part in this intensive session, one can Register here. For more details, contact Ms. Hafizah at email@example.com
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