Some 22 bidders have applied for the two new mobile licences in Myanmar. Among the companies and partnerships are Vodafone with China Mobile, Digicel with Quantam Strategic Partners,KDDI, Qatar Telecom, Orange, and SingTel, AFP reports.
Myanmar's deputy minister of national planning and economic development, Set Aung, said that the country cannot rely on small companies to update Myanmar's telecom sector but will work with internationally known and experienced companies. He further said that 22 companies or consortia submitted pre-bid qualification applications. The government is expected to announce which companies made the list on 11 April with a final decision on winning bidders to be announced on 27 June.
Separately, Mizzima reports that Singapore has signed several agreements with Myanmar to develop business and trade across various industries, including telecommunications. Singapore Telecommunications signed an agreement with Straits Trading to distribute its satellite phones, Broadband Global Area Network, and satellite broadcasting bandwidth services in Myanmar.
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