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Regulatory Update and Market Developments in the Mobile Telecommunications Sector

On 19th May, 2014, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) partnering with the Posts and Telecommunications

Department of Myanmar (PTD) presented an update on the regulatory reform prog- ress of the telecommunication sector in the region.

The event conducted at the Royal Ku- mudra Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw was launched by U Khin Maung Thet, Director General of PTD. The event provided the Regulators sce- nario of fostering market developments in the region and imparting future technology outlooks within the Regulation. Myanmar’s target is to set up its own Independent Regu- latory body by the end of 2015.

PTD is in the process of finalizing the Multi Services Licensing Framework. The framework aims to simplify licensing pro- cesses; encourage entry and expansion of services; and increase End User access to telecommunication networks and services. PTD will announce details of the licensing framework, spectrum rules and other gen- eral conditions on license application in the near future.

During the event, NSN shared knowl- edge about recent developments and issues in the telecommunication sector, such as fiber optic networks-FOC, microwave sys- tem in the absence of fiber optic networks, GSM/3G, LTE, Value Added Services, and NSN’s Korean experience which could be a classic reference example when considering the telecommunication sector development in Myanmar.

Myanmar is in the process of preparing to launch its own telecommunication sector. The four operators who have been granted licenses are: MPT (Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs); Yadanarpon Tele- port of Myanmar; Telenor from Norway and Ooredoo from Qatar. The government aims to achieve a target of 75% – 80% penetration by 2015.

Ooredoo recently selected NSN to supply its core and radio infrastructure for its 3G network in Myanmar. This historical agreement marked NSN’s entry into Myan- mar’s telecommunications landscape. NSN also aim at working with other clients as well as government bodies to support the devel- opment of the telecommunication sector in Myanmar. Presently NSN focuses primarily on Network businesses in Myanmar.

Mr. Raman Kavundar Vattumalai, the country manager of NSN revealed that presently the company hires about 150 employ- ees in Myanmar. Staff numbers are expected to increase to about 300 by end of 2014. The NSN vision for the country includes:

  1. To help its clients achieve the government target on a penetration rate of 75- 80% by 2015
  2. Priorities on “localization”. With two of- fices located at Centerpoint Tower and MICT Park, NSN will work with local universities and conduct in-house and on-the-job training for its staff and subcontractors.
  3. To conduct businesses to the highest standards of ethical conduct
  4. To achieve 1GB Mobile Data delivery daily by 2020.

As a socially responsible organiza- tion, NSN is planning to implement a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) project in

the area of education by end of the year. The initiative will benefit youth and educating young people.

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