Aug 21, 2013

Weekly Eleven Interview with Mr. Murat Ulgen, CEO of Mobicon Networks Company

Norway’s Telenor and Ooredoo of Qatar won licenses to expand telecommunications in Myanmar. The two companies will be competing with existing Myanmar companies. After receiving licenses to launch telecom operations, they will provide their services in Myanmar within a few months. Telecommunication networks and tower installation will have to commence as soon as possible. At the same time network servicing companies, such as those providing telecommunication networks and tower infrastructure, are entering into Myanmar. Among these companies is Turkey- based Mobicon Network Company which has recently opened an office in Myanmar. Mobicon intends to provide these services and has started working with all stakeholders in the Myanmar telecom market. We spoke with Mr Murat Ulgen, CEO of the Mobicon Network Company, about how Mobicon plans to bring its services into Myanmar’s market.

“We will be serving as a contractor in the telecommunications sector cooperating with vendors companies that will be importing telecommunication equipment into Myanmar.”

Eleven Journal : What role does Mobicon Company play in the development of telecommunications in Myanmar?
Mr.Murat Ulgen : We are a company supporting professional management services. We have deployed telecom networks, provided qualified telecom implementation solutions and telecom equipments installation in Nepal, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. In addition to these services we provide continuous development of tools, processes and progress. We will be serving as a contractor in the telecommunications sector cooperating with vendor companies that will be importing telecommunication equipment into Myanmar. So, we recently opened an office in Myanmar in order to participate in Myanmar’s telecommunications sector.

Eleven Journal : Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo won licenses to expand telecommunications in Myanmar. Do you have plans to cooperate with them?
Mr.Murat Ulgen : Yes. But we will cooperate with them via vendors— Huawei, NSN, ZTE, Ericsson. For the time being we are discussing with the bigger vendor companies in the market. The four big companies have many good business opportunities here. We can serve as a good contractor for them. If the two winning telecom operators offer to work together, why not? But our first objective is to cooperate with the vendor companies.

The market is bigger because there is a population of over 60 million in Myanmar. In consideration of this population, we expect all to have access to SIM cards and everyone to be able to make outgoing calls and send SMS texts.

Eleven Journal : What kind of services will you provide for Myanmar?
Mr.Murat Ulgen : Actually we are capable of providing all forms of telecommunication services, from A to Z. We can deploy telecom networks, provide qualified telecom implementation solutions and telecom equipment and install towers. We also provide continuous development of tools, processes, maintenance and progress. Engineering technologies and advanced technologies are critical to these services. We intend to work together with local engineers and experienced engineers from foreign countries. First, we have to plan where we will install the telecommunication towers. Once we do, we will begin with tower installation. The equipment for radio wave propagation will be fixed.


Eleven Journal : Who has Mobicon talked to in Myanmar?
Mr. Murat Ulgen : Our aim is to work with with all vendors as well as to provide advisory to operators companies needing advice regarding telecommunication services.

Eleven Journal : Are you starting to offer jobs opportunities in Myanmar?
Mr. Murat Ulgen : Yes, we are. We are looking to employ as many as possible local engineers, assistants and accountants. In the first 6 to 8 months the engineers from our Global will work together with local engineers. After a year, our engineers return and we will continue working with local engineers. Due to the lack of capacity in Myanmar, we plan on providing training to local engineers through cooperation with Global engineers.

Eleven Journal : Telenor and Ooredoo have announced that they will provide services within 8 months of receiving their license in Myanmar. Is it possible?
Mr. Murat Ulgen : It is possible. In other countries Telenor company has been very eager to be a leader in the market. MPT is also a stable company. So, there will be competition and competition is good for customers. It is better and cheaper for customers.

Eleven Journal : Some are estimating that Myanmar Telecommunications sector is a USD 2 billion market per year until 2016. What’s your opinion?
Mr. Murat Ulgen : I don’t think so. The market will be bigger than this because there is a population of over 60 million in Myanmar. In consideration of this population, we expect all to have access to SIM cards and everyone to be able to make outgoing calls and send SMS texts.

Eleven Journal : What have you done so far in Myanmar?
Mr. Murat Ulgen : We are studying the Myanmar business environment and meeting with local telecommunication companies.

Eleven Journal : With which companies have you agreed to cooperate with?
Mr Murat Ulgen : Although we have held discussions with all the companies, we have yet to reach agreement. But we are very close. We will know within a couple of weeks.

 
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