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Ooredoo-logoQatar telecoms company, Ooredoo, has announced plans to bid for a network license in Myanmar.

“It's a very good opportunity in southeast Asia,” said Nasser Marifih, the company’s CEO, to Bloomberg. “In terms of financing, we have the capability to do that.”

Marifih told Bloomberg that Ooredoo had made a “strong, compelling offer.”

“We still believe we have a strong chance to win this bid,” he said.

Earlier this month, the Myanmar government announced that international telecoms giants have been roped into a pageant as they jostle for two operating licenses in Myanmar ahead of final bids in June.

The government has hired Roland Berger, Munich-based strategy consultants that employ a network of some 240 partners worldwide, to map out selection criteria for the competition.

Twelve players pre-qualified for the licenses on April 11. The winning bids will be announced in Naypyitaw on June 27.

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Sumitomo-and-NEC-logosMyanmar's notoriously underdeveloped communications infrastructure is to get a boost following the signing of a contract between three Japanese companies—Sumitomo Corporation, NTT Communications and NEC Corporation— and the Ministry of Communications last week.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Sumitomo and NEC announced that they would be supporting Myanmar's "emergency communications network improvement plan" by building a high speed optical cable to link the country's biggest cities.

The cables will enhance the cities' internet connectivity, as well as provide more than 1.5 million fixed-telephone lines when they are completed at the end of 2013.

The project has been made possible by a grant of 1.71 billion yen (US$16.6 million) provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to assist in Myanmar's communications' network development last December.

Japan has made no secret of its bid to be the champion of Myanmar's development on the international scene. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive in Myanmar for a three-day visit on Friday, further strengthening the countries ties.
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The Ministry of Electric Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Thai energy company, Green Earth Power (GEP), to build a US$275 million solar power plant in Myanmar.

Solar-Home-SystemSpeaking to Bloomberg on Wednesday, Supasit Skontanarak, GEP's managing director, said the new plant will sell electricity to the Myanmar government for 30 years.

The project will be built 500km north of Yangon, close to Naypyitaw, and will have generating capacity of 210 megawatts. GEP claims it will be "the world's third largest solar power plant" when it is completed in two years' time.

Paul Bernard Yang, president and chairman of GEP, told the Bangkok Post last week that, "We are also in negotiations for a second MoU, [for a plant that] could be in Mandalay or Yangon, and to have capacity of more than 200MW. The second MoU with the Ministry of Electric Power is expected to be finalized this year.”
Myanmar has a notoriously low energy production rate with only 2,500 MW for a population of 55 million, compared with 32,000 MW to serve Thailand.

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Twelve international consortia were shortlisted on Thursday bringing them one step closer to two network operating licenses being offered by the Myanmar government.

In order to be pre-qualified, applicants need to have "the requisite resources, financial strength, operating skills and experience to design, implement and operate a public telecommunications network" in Myanmar, said the Telecommunications Tender Evaluation and Operator Committee in a statement announcing the shortlist.

The companies include a union of Vodafone and China Mobile, Norway's Telenor, SingTel and Digicel, an Irish company that has partnered with Yoma Strategic Holdings and George Soros' Quantam Strategic Group.

"We believe that we are uniquely positioned to offer affordable first class communications to the people of Myanmar and are looking forward to having the opportunity to do so," said Denis O'Brien, Digicel Chairman and founder following the announcement.

Pre-qualified applicants will submit a final bid by June 3. The committee expects to announce the two winning companies by June 27.

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htc-mobile-show-sThe country gets ready to go mobile phone crazy as calling suddenly becomes affordable.
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Company representatives at an industry summit in Yangon call for telecoms to be given priority.
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