Ooredoo gearing up for Q3 launch

27 Feb 2014

Qatari-backed cellco Ooredoo Myanmar is planning to launch commercial 3G services in Q3 2014, Arabian Business writes, citing the carrier’s CEO Nasser Marifih. Ooredoo has opted to leapfrog 2G and progress straight to 3G, with a focus on data and broadband services. The telco is currently rolling out its network and plans to ink an infrastructure sharing deal with fellow newcomer Telenor Myanmar, the official explained: ‘We [will] have some discussions with them to try to share as much as possible, which is good. We’re going through that process of trying to share. The idea is to share as much as we can, both the transmission, towers and even power.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Ooredoo and Telenor won a hotly contested auction in mid-2013 for two new telecoms licences in Myanmar, one of the least developed markets in the world. Having received its operating licence early last month, Ooredoo is planning to secure 30%-50% of the market within the first two years of launch.

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