Jun 21, 2013

Telecom companies start recruiting ahead of Myanmar license announcement

Competition between foreign telecom companies intensified as many begin recruiting local employees less than a week before Myanmar's government is due to announce the winners of two lucrative operating licenses.

Experts say that this is one of the most competitive international bids in what is regarded as one of the world's last untapped mobile markets. The government is expected to announce the two winners on June 27.

"We will employ local and foreign workers fifty-fifty at the beginning. Later there will be more local employees at our company but monthly salaries for them will be according to the national rules," said Andy Chong of Axiata Group, one Asia's biggest telecom companies.

Although many foreign companies in the bidding for the two mobile licenses have started recruiting, qualified professionals in Myanmar are scarce. Digicel, who is also in the running, is already accepting applicants.

"We now started accepting job applications for our company. We will choose those who meet our required qualifications," said an official from Digicel.

Singapore's Singtel, who has teamed up with Myanmar partners KBZ and M-Tel, are also seeking employees. Though other bidders have yet to start recruiting, many companies have been promising jobs for Myanmar workers.

Source: Eleven Weekly Media