The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) of Myanmar has received 17 applications from local companies to form a consortium, which will operate the fourth mobile network. The winner will be announced in September. Authorities will start the process of selecting a foreign investor for the local consortium thereafter. The license will be granted for a 15-year term, said Reuters.
Meanwhile, TeleGeography has reported that there is already an informal fourth mobile operator named MECTel in Myanmar. It is backed by the military-owned Myanmar Economic Corp (MEC). MECTel has been operating since 2013. It, however, neither holds a mobile license nor it is registered as a wireless provider by the MCIT.