Ooredoo and Telenor in talks to split infrastructure costs in Myanmar

03 October 2013 | Kavit Majithia

Ooredoo is reportedly in talks with Telenor to share transmitter towers in Myanmar, to enable cost savings as the companies increase efforts to build mobile networks in the country.

Reuters reports that an Ooredoo executive has said the companies are to build the networks in partnership with Telenor.

Both companies won lucrative mobile licences in the country in June, with the Qatari company pledging a $15 billion investment over a 15-year licence period.

“It’s a greenfield launch for us and we’re going to build the network in partnership with Telenor,” confirmed Jeremy Sell, chief strategy officer at Ooredoo.

“This has never been done before – we’re rolling out two greenfield networks and there are no towers so strategic you can’t share them,” he added. 

Both Ooredoo and Telenor are also likely to attempt to work with local players YTP and MPT – which also hold mobile licences – and could outsource the entire build-out of the networks.

According to Sell, such an arrangement would enable Ooredoo to make considerable savings.