Yangon - June 9
Myanmar Teleport has yet to reach an agreement with KDDI, a Japanese telecommunications company, due to ongoing discussions on issues regarding investment and staffing.
“Although we expected to sign the agreement at the end of this month, the negotiations are not finished yet. This delay is due to terms on human resources management and budgeting,” said U Myo Swe, Chief Engineer of the Internet Service Provider department at MPT.
While MPT is having the final-stage discussions with KDDI Sumitomo, it is also talking with France’s Orange and Singapore’s Singtel as backups.
“Signing the agreement isn’t solely up to our ministry. We also need to seek inputs from other related ministries in negotiating with our partner company, and it causes the delay,” said U Myo Swe.
U Myat Thein, Union Minister for Communication & Information Technology, stated in April that MPT was hiring consulting groups due to lack of experience in selecting suitable telecommunications operators.
Two foreign telecom operators have successfully tested their mobile networks and announced plans to operate fully by September. Meanwhile, the other local telecom operator, Yatanarpon Teleport is still in the process of selecting a partner company.