Myanmar selects 12 bidders for licence shortlist

12 April 2013 | Mitch Sayers


The Myanmar government has shortlisted 12 applications from the 22 submitted for its two mobile operator licences.

The 12 successful applicants will submit detailed proposals of their plans to the government committee which will select the winning bids by June 3. Two applicants granted licences will be notified on June 27 this year.

Among those selected by the committee are Digicel, Qatar Telecom and a partnership between Vodafone and China Mobile. For a full list of bidders, see below.

The Myanmar government has been encouraging mobile operators to bid for the two licences, which will allow the successful bidders to own, manage and operate a network in the country for 15 years.

The country is said to be one of the last markets where mobile penetration stands at below 10%.

List of bidders selected for shortlist:

  • Bharti Airtel-led Consortium
  • France Telecom-Orange and Marubeni
  • MTN Consortium of MTN Dubai, M1 Telecom and Amara Communications
  • Vodafone and China Mobile
  • Axiata Group Berhad
  • Digicel
  • KDDI Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Development Corporation and A1 Construction
  • Millicom International Cellular SA
  • Qatar Telecom and Ooredoo
  • SingTel, KBZ and Myanmar Telephone Company Limited
  • Telenor Mobile Communications AS and
  • Viettel Group.