Vodafone and China Mobile pull out of Myanmar licence race

31 May 2013 | Kavit Majithia


UK-based Vodafone and China Mobile have both declared that they have pulled out of the battle to win a new licence in Myanmar.

The companies said the conditions set by the country did not suit the two operators, despite joining forces to bid for a licence in April this year.

The government is looking to increase the number of mobile operators in the country from two to four, and the Chinese and British groups were among the 12 applicants to reach the final short list.

"Following the publication of the final licence conditions on 20 May, the Vodafone-China Mobile consortium has reached the decision not to proceed with the process as the opportunity does not meet the strict internal investment criteria to which both Vodafone and China Mobile adhere," Vodafone said.