Myanmar opts for ‘beauty contest’ competition for licences

16 May 2013

Myanmar’s government has selected Munich-based consultancy firm Roland Berger to assist in the auction of two telecoms licences, local news portal Mizzima writes. The company will map out selection criteria for a ‘beauty contest’ competition to allocate the two concessions. A spokesperson for Berger was quoted as saying that the winners would be selected based 67% on a technical score and 33% on a financial score. The technical score comprises a total of 1,000 points split into eight categories including network rollout, customer care and social responsibility. The financial section is worth 500 points and is based solely on the licence fee offer. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, the following twelve groups were shortlisted to take part in the competition, narrowed down from a list of more than ninety expressions of interest:

Bharti Airtel

Axiata

Digicel

Millicom International Cellular (MIC)

Qatar Telecom (Qtel/Ooredoo)

Telenor

Viettel

France Telecom-Orange and Marubeni

Vodafone and China Mobile

MTN Consortium (consisting of MTN Dubai, M1 Telecom and Amara Communications)

KDDI, Sumitomo, Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Development Corporation (MICTDC) and A1 Construction

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), KBZ and Myanmar Telephone Company (M-Tel).