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Myanmar courts Vodafone and Orange to help build cell network

  • Myanmar's government has reportedly invited leading foreign mobile carriers, including Vodafone (VOD) and Orange (ORAN), to bid to run a cellular network in partnership with state-owned Myanmar Posts & Telecommunications (MPT).
  • The invitation is a second chance for Vodafone and Orange to enter the country after they lost out for two licenses earlier this year.
  • There is much room for growth in Myanmar, where less than 10% of its population of 60M people have mobile phones. However, concerns include the government's ambitious timetable for building the network and the potential involvement of a conglomerate connected to the military.
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  • Veritas1010
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    It would seem VOD would be au natural with its stake in India, Essar Ltd. Building out India and inter-connectivity with Myanmar. Former British possession could work out geographically, if (big 'IF') VOD's management handles the roll-out with a velvet glove unlike India. Orange has debt to consider and an on-going war with illiad. It needs to stay (and reinforce) its existing structure in Europe and Africa and not seek new world's to conquer!
    27 Oct 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
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