Bharti Airtel-led consortium is among the 12 applicants shortlisted by
Myanmar government to bid for two nationwide telecom licences.
a licence in Myanmar will help the Indian telecom major expand presence
in the sub-continent at a time when the company is seeing decline in
profits and the home market is reeling under regulatory uncertainity.
Vodafone and China Mobile consortium, Telenor, SingTel are among others who have been shortlisted by Myanmar.
Ministry of Communications, Posts and Telegraph (MCPT) Thursday closed
second round of the licence awards process and declared 12 pre-qualified
"The Telecommunications Operator Tender Evaluation and
Selection Committee has announced that twelve (12) applicants have been
pre-qualified to submit applications for two nationwide
telecommunications licences in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,"
MCPT said in a statement.
The Myanmar government issued invitation
to the selected entities and consortium, including Airtel-led
consortium, for the final tender. With approximately 1.3 million mobile
subscribers in October 2012, tele-density in India's neighbour Myanmar
was around 5 per cent.
The expression of interest floated by
Myanmar for two telecom licences received application from 91 entities
but only 12 applicants were shortlisted.
"The third and final
stage of the licence award process will now start for the pre-qualified
applicants. The pre-qualified applicants will be required to submit
their applications to the Committee by June 3, 2013," the statement
This is the first time Myanmar is opening up its sector for
private investments with aim to increase the overall tele-density of the
country to 75 to 80 per cent in 2015-2016
At present, there are
two functioning operators in Myanmar- MPT and Yatanarpon Teleport. MPT
is a fully government-owned operator and Yatanarpon Teleport is a
semi-government owned operator.
The winner of the Myanmar telecom
licences will be declared on June 27 "based on the comparative
evaluation method". The Committee expects to announce, by June 27, 2013,
the two applicants that will be granted nationwide elecommunications
licences, the official statement said.
SingTel, which holds over
31 per cent stake in Bharti Airtel, has teamed up with Myanmar's
business conglomerate KBZ and Myanmar Telephone Company Limited (M-Tel).
Malaysian telecom firm Axiata, which holds stake in Idea Cellular, has
also qualified for the bids.
Africa's MTN Consortium, Bermuda's
Digicel, France Telecom, Qatar Telecommunications, European firm
Millicom International, Vietnam's Viettel Group and Japan's KDDI
Corporation are also among pre-qualified entities declared by MCPT.
the last two rounds of spectrum auction in India has seen muted
response from the industry. None of the companies turned up for India's
GSM spectrum auction in March.