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MPT and KDDI-Sumitomo to split profits; KDDI-Sumitomo to invest and manage?

Usually, profits go to those who take the risks and do the work. What is MPT’s contribution to the JV? Being “the industry regulator,” which I hope is a misstatement of facts? Contributing the land and existing assets? Middle management?

Japanese wireless carrier KDDI, and trading house Sumitomo, will spend on telecoms infrastructure and jointly operate mobile and broadband services with MPT – currently the sole telecoms operator, and the industry regulator in Myanmar, according to Reuters.

Earnings from the Myanmar operation will be split roughly equally between the consortium – based in Singapore, and the Myanmar agency. “We’ll be able to reach profitability in a short period of time,” Yuzo Ishikawa, senior vice-president of KDDI, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

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