Nov 24, 2015

Myanmar govt ready to allocate 4G licenses

Myanmar's communications ministry is ready to facilitate the nation's rapidly developing mobile industry's migration to 4G as soon as operators are ready to roll out the technology.

Deputy minister U Thaung Tin told the Myanmar Times that the ministry is ready to supply the spectrum needed for 4G rollouts if operators want to launch 4G services.

Mobile operators Telenor Myanmar and Ooredoo Myanmar both indicated that they will consider deploying 4G networks in the market - but only once enough subscribers have migrated to 4G handsets.

State-owned MPT said it had plans to support LTE services but has been unable to because 4G licenses have yet to be issued.

The three operators will meanwhile soon be facing competion in the form of a fourth operator.

The Myanmar Times has separately reported that Roland Berger has been engaged to help the joint venture of domestic technology companies established to partner with an international operator and roll out mobile services choose this partner.

Roland Berger advised on the government tender that saw the allocation of mobile licenses to Telenor and Ooredoo as part of the liberalization of Myanmar's telecom sector.

A group of 11 local companies, including a new subsidiary of Yatanarpon Teleport, are taking part in the consortium. The operator will be 51% owned by these companies and 49% owned by the international partner.