Twelve is still a big number, especially when one includes the consortia members. Of the usual suspects, only NTT, Hutch, Etisalat, and Orascom are missing. Of all the cash-rich Gulf and Middle East players, only Qatar is still in the fray. Philippines’ PLDT is out, but that is really not news. Millicom is a bit of a surprise, as is Digicel, a specialist in small markets (which Myanmar is not).
Myanmar’s government shortlisted Airtel Consortium; Axiata Group Berhad; Digicel; France Telecom-Orange-Marubeni; KDDI Corp.-Sumitomo Corp.-Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Development Corp.-A1 Construction; Millicom International Cellular SA; MTN Consortium (MTN Dubai-M1 Telecom -Amara Communications); Qatar Telecom QSC; Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel)-KBZ-Myanmar Telephone Co. Ltd; Telenor Mobile Communications AS; Viettel Group; and Vodafone-China Mobile.