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Myanmar Appoints Consultant to Advise on Mobile License Tenders

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The Myanmar government has appointed a group of international consultants to assist it in preparing to award the country's first two mobile operator licenses.

Roland Berger, a Munich-based strategy consultants has been hired to to map out selection criteria for the beauty contest based method of allocating the licenses..

Roland Berger's Principal in Singapore, Damien Dujacquier, said that the two winning firms will be selected based on a 67 percent technical score and a 33 percent financial score.

The two licenses will be awarded with a fairly conventional 15-year term and 10-year renewal.

The intention is that the winners will be announced late next month, with the licenses formally handed over a month or two later. Launch deadlines are within nine months of the license being allocated.

A total of twelve companies from around the world have indicated their intention to bid for the licenses in this largely untapped market.

According to the latest official data, as of end of December 2012, the current mobile base is 5.44 million subscribers equivalent to just  9% population penetration.

The twelve pre-qualified applicants (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Airtel
  • Axiata Group
  • Digicel
  • France Telecom + Marubeni
  • KDDI + Sumitomo + Myanmar MICTDC + A1 Construction
  • Millicom
  • MTN Dubai + M1 Telecom + Amara Communications
  • Qatar Telecom (Ooredoo)
  • Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) + KBZ + Myanmar M-Tel
  • Telenor
  • Viettel Group
  • Vodafone + China Mobile

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