TeleGeography Logo

PTD opens consultation on E-GSM band

29 Sep 2017

The Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD) of Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has published a consultation paper on the allocation and use of spectrum in the E-GSM band. In its spectrum roadmap, the regulator had noted that two 2×5MHz blocks of spectrum was left unallocated at 880MHz-890MHz/925MHz-935MHz. Due to ‘a history of reported interference’ in the band, the watchdog said it would consider granting short-term authorisations to interested parties to conduct technical trials in the band. To-date the PTD has issued two such permissions – first to Telenor Myanmar and then to Ooredoo Myanmar – both for six months, at a cost of USD2 million and granting use of a 2×2.5MHz block.

The consultation document requests input from stakeholders on a number of topics, most notably the amount of spectrum that should be made available. Whilst 2×10MHz is currently allocated, the PTD set out several different options for guard bands and believes the best option would leave 2×7.5MHz available to operators. The PTD also sought feedback on the preferred method for allocating the frequencies – the regulator having made use of direct allocation and auction methods within the last twelve months – as well as pricing and proposed band plans for the 900MHz range including the E-GSM band.

GlobalComms Database

Want more? Peruse the GlobalComms Database—the most complete source of intel about mobile, fixed broadband, and fixed voice markets.


TeleGeography is the definitive source for telecom news, numbers, and analysis. Explore the full research catalog.