How Digicel excelled in its first towerco venture
MTC’s CEO on the company’s successes in Myanmar
Oliver Coughlan didn’t plan to accept a challenging opportunity in Asia, let alone Myanmar. But when Digicel approached him with such an ambitious idea, he couldn’t resist and went on to become the CEO of Digicel Myanmar Tower Company. To date, MTC has built the vast majority of Ooredoo’s infrastructure and is successfully operating in one of the toughest markets in Asia and worldwide.
In this exclusive interview, Oliver shared with us his insights on MTC’s successes to date, the challenges of operating in a frontier market, and the key characteristics of the company’s business model.
TowerXchange: How did Myanmar Tower Company (MTC) evolve from Digicel’s bid for a license in Myanmar? What attracted you personally to Myanmar?
Oliver Coughlan, CEO, Digicel Myanmar Tower Company:
As we all know, Digicel unsuccessfully bid for the telecom license in Myanmar and when that happened, the Group decided not to give up but to offer our expertise to successful applicants such as Ooredoo.