LONDON, April 4 China Mobile and
Vodafone, the world's largest and second largest mobile
operators, have joined forces to apply for a licence to roll out
a network in Myanmar.
Vodafone said the two groups had agreed to form a consortium
to bid for a licence in the former Burma, where the government
is seeking to increase the number of mobile operators from two
"With a comparatively young and highly literate population
of around 60 million, a GDP growth rate of 5.5 percent per annum
and mobile phone penetration currently below 10 percent -
significantly lower than in many other emerging economies -
Myanmar will be an important new market for the global mobile
industry," Vodafone said.