Telenor, MPT apply for Myanmar 2600-MHz auction

23 Aug 2016

Telenor and Myanmar state-owned operator MPT have both lodged expressions of interest regarding taking part in Myanmar's first spectrum auction in October.

The operators are among the potential bidders for 40 MHz of 2600-MHz spectrum reserved for mobile broadband services, the Myanmar Timesreported.

Multiple ISPs and other companies - including Yatanarpon Teleport and Myanmar Telecommunication Network - have also lodged expressions of interest regarding the auction. In total, 22 companies have applied.

Of the total number of applicants, 20 have been accepted as potential bidders, while the applications of two were rejected due to those companies lacking the required network facilities service license.

Selected bidders will need to meet financial and technical prerequisites, including providing a $500,000 deposit, to qualify.

By contrast, Telenor Myanmar's main rival Ooredoo Myanmar has elected not to participate in favor of waiting for a separate 1800-MHz auction, which the operator expects to take part later in the year.

During the auction the 40 MHz of 2600-MHz spectrum will be divided into two 20 MHz licenses, and this will itself be divided into three separate regions. Bidders will not be allowed to win more than 20 MHz in any one region, and will only be allowed to secure spectrum in up to two regions.

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