Telenor and Ooredoo win Myanmar telecoms licenses

Author: Peter Micek, Access, Published on: 27 June 2013

Myanmar has chosen the two winners of its new telecoms licenses. Telenor Mobile Communications of Norway and Ooredoo of Qatar won the highly competitive process, getting 15-year licenses for mobile phone operations and spectrum…Access has written about the legal and historical roadblocks users in Myanmar face to realizing their rights to access to information, freedom of expression, and privacy…Any company entering the market risks complicity in human rights violations…For example, companies may be forced to deal with the military, directly or otherwise, in order to make economic transactions…Existing law allows the government to “preserve or introduce new mechanisms for surveillance and censorship” without safeguards…Various restrictions on access to communications technology combined with overly broad defamation and national security provisions provide the government many ways to suppress expression and target users. [Also refers to Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, Digicell, France Telecom, Indosat, Marubeni, MTN, Nawras, Nedjma, Orange (part of France Telecom), Quantum Group, Tunisiana, Vimpelcom (part of Telenor), Vodafone, Wataniya]

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Related companies: Bharti Airtel China Mobile France Telecom (now Orange) Marubeni MTN Ooredoo Orange Telenor Vodafone