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Myanmar telecom: Confusion between license and permit?

There is a possible explanation for the confusion around whether the Myanmar operating licenses have been issued or not. It appears that the license reported on by Reuters was a permit relevant to the investment, not the license which is the critical document in telecom policy and regulatory terms. This is still to be issued, since the rules have yet to be finalized.

Telenor and Ooredoo were selected as winners of a government bid for two private telecoms licenses in June 2013. They expected to receive their licences by last December, but the government has yet to pass a vital telecommunications by-law which will outline the rules and regulations by which the companies must operate.

Myanmar Telecommunications Law was legislated last October. The telecommunications by-law was firstly published to get public feedback last November and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has lately submitted it to the Attorney General Office for approval.

The MIC said it had given the investment permits to the foreign telecoms operators during their January 8 meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.



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