Vodafone and China Mobile pull out of Myanmar race

LONDON Fri May 31, 2013 6:11am EDT

LONDON May 31 (Reuters) - Britain's Vodafone and China Mobile said on Friday they had pulled out of the battle to win a new licence in Myanmar, saying the conditions set by the country did not suit the two operators.

The Chinese and British groups, the first and second-largest operators in the world respectively, said in April that they had joined forces to bid for a licence in the country formerly known as Burma, where the government wants to increase the number of mobile operators from two to four.

They were among 12 applicants to reach the 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.

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