Myanmar invites bids for fourth operator

Myanmar invited local firms to step forward for a fourth mobile licence in what is becoming an increasingly competitive market. In a two-stage process, local public companies with registered capital of at least $2.3 billion are invited to state their …

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Telenor talks up revenue growth, as Myanmar surges

Telenor reported second quarter revenue growth of 17.5 per cent to NOK30.2 billion ($3.7 billion), citing a Thai turnaround, the greenfield performance of Myanmar and a solid contribution back home. However, once the company’s headline revenue was adjusted for financial factors, …

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Asia Briefs: MPT to expand Myanmar network with Japanese funding, China Telecom plans VoLTE in 2017 & more

MPT to expand network with funding from Japanese partners Myanmar’s state-owned operator plans to expand its network by increasing the number of base stations from 2,000 to 5,000 by Q2 next year. Its Japanese partners KDDI and Sumitomo will contribute …

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Myanmar’s MPT cuts voice rates to maintain lead

Myanma Posts & Telecommunications (MPT) has slashed the price of voice calls from MMK35 (almost 3 cents) to MMK23 (2 cents) a minute, putting pressure on its two foreign rivals Ooredoo and Telenor, which launched services less than a year …

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Huawei targets SouthEast Asia for strong smartphone growth this year

Chinese telecoms equipment and device maker Huawei aims to boost smartphone shipments in SouthEast Asia (SEA) by 160 per cent to eight million units this year, with strong growth forecast in rapidly growing Myanmar as well as Thailand. Huawei’s Q1 smartphone …

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Myanmar’s newcomers kick off data price war

Myanmar’s hyper-competitive mobile market is even more fierce after Ooredoo introduced a promo offering data at MMK6 (less than half a cent) per megabyte and Telenor responding with an MMK5 per megabyte rate just hours later. Ooredoo earlier this week …

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Myanmar’s operators to levy 5% tax on top-ups

The Myanmar government will start to enforce a 5 per cent commercial tax on telecoms services on 1 June. According to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the tax, which was passed last year, has been selectively enforced …

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Myanmar’s YTP looks for local partners to bid for 4th licence

Myanmar’s Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP), a state-owned ISP, is looking to form a consortium of local partners to bid for the country’s fourth mobile licence, its CEO told the Myanmar Times. The Times quoted YTP boss U Shane Thu Aung as stating: …

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Telenor squeezed by handset subsidies, Myanmar launch

Telenor Group attributed a Q4 fall in EBITDA margin to its launch in Myanmar and the sale of subsidised handsets in various markets, particularly Thailand, as organic revenue grew 5.3 per cent – year-on-year – to NOK29.1 billion ($3.8 billion). …

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