Telenor, the Norwegian telecoms giant, would appear to have been overshadowed this week by an announcement by its rival, Ooredoo, that it had begun rolling out mobile phone and internet services across Burma. Telenor and Ooredoo were the two successful candidates from a host of big-name international players who bid for telecommunications contracts in Burma last year.
However, speaking to DVB’s Khin Maung Win last Friday, Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg seems unfazed. “We will launch some time in September,” he said, detailing how Telenor’s 2-G and 3-G networks would benefit people in Burma from all regions and all walks of life. He also promised Burmese customers international calls at affordable prices.
He said his firm would launch initially in Rangoon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw, but would expand quickly to over every region within the first year. He predicted that it would take five years to access to the entire country.