YANGON, June 27 Norway's Telenor and
Qatar's Ooredoo have been awarded telecommunications
licences for Myanmar, the government said on Thursday, after a
tender that will bring foreign companies into the sector for the
Presidential spokesman Ye Htut announced the results in a
statement on his Facebook page.
The operators will roll out networks in a country that
analysts say has the lowest mobile phone usage in the world,
with only 4 to 9 percent of its 60 million people connected.
The government has said it will finalise the 15-year
licences by September and operators will need to launch services
within nine months. They will have to provide voice services
across three-quarters of the country within five years and data
services across half of it.
(Reporting by Jared Ferrie; Editing by Alan Raybould)