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Fast rollout by Ooredoo in Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay

There is value in having deep pockets. My information gives August 4th as the formal launch date of Ooredoo Myanmar. We’ve done qualitative interviews in the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay triangle where all companies will concentrate their early efforts. Looking forward to completing the analysis and getting the results out.

Ooredoo Myanmar has announced it will make mobile phone and internet services available to 30 percent of Burma’s population sometime between July and September this year.

Ross Cormack, CEO of the Qatari company, told the media on Sunday that the company is building up its mobile phone network and working out how it can connect to the existing mobile network of government-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT).

He added that Ooredoo’s network could already connect to the network being developed by Telenor, the Norwegian telecom firm that also owns a telecom license in Burma. Telenor has previously said that it expects to put SIM cards on the market in September.

Only disturbing note is the indication that MPT is not giving interconnection to Ooredoo? Surely, incumbents should have learned by now that denying interconnection is a useless strategy. See where that took BTCL (then BTTB)?


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