Myanmar - The Last Frontier
Rollout timetables and sparse spectrum allocation suggest rich rewards for towercos
Two mobile communications licences have been awarded in Myanmar, respectively to Ooredoo and Telenor. Two others will also be issued to local companies, which are now seeking to partner with international operators. Myanmar is virgin territory for towers. Little infrastructure exists at this time. Significant buildout is thus required. Enda Hardiman, Managing Partner of consultancy Hardiman Telecommunications Ltd., looks at opportunities and challenges for towercos.
Myanmar is unique in that it boasts a population of 60m and mobile penetration of less than 5%. As the country reforms and re-enters the international economic and financial system, significant opportunities present.