Ooredoo has officially accepted a telecommunications licence to operate in Myanmar.
The Ooredoo Group Chairman and the Ooredoo Myanmar Chief Executive formally accepted the licence at a ceremony in Naypyidaw hosted by the Union Government of the Republic of Myanmar.
Speaking from the ceremony, Ooredoo Group Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, said: “It has been an honour to be here today to accept our licence. We look forward to working in partnership with the government of Myanmar to develop a world class network which brings the benefits of mobile technology to Myanmar’s people.”
This marks an important milestone for Ooredoo as the company remains on track to meet its commitment to deliver life-enriching mobile communication services for Myanmar’s people in six months’ time. At launch it is expected that the company’s services will be available in a majority of the major cities, expanding rapidly to include rural areas and more remote communities.
In Myanmar, as in operations across its international network, Ooredoo will offer a wide range of mobile communications services to enrich people’s lives that go beyond voice and data to include mobile money services, mobile health, services to support farmers and agriculture and targeted initiatives for women and young people.
Speaking from Myanmar, Ooredoo Group CEO Dr. Nasser Marafih said: “We have committed to making next-generation mobile technology available and accessible to as many people as possible in Myanmar. The Union Government of Myanmar can be proud of a well-run licence process and we look forward to continuing to work alongside them as Myanmar develops socially, economically and technologically.”
Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Ross Cormack added: “Today is an exciting day for Ooredoo as we move closer to bringing the most advanced mobile services to the people of Myanmar, helping empower communities and people with affordable and easy to access mobile telecommunications. We are a community-focused company and our commitments go beyond the creation of infrastructure. We are working to develop a vibrant communications ecosystem that places Ooredoo at the heart of every community, fostering local entrepreneurial talent, creating jobs for local people and offering opportunities for local businesses."
Ooredoo’s operations in Myanmar are developing rapidly. In recent months the operator has started building out its 3G network, partnering with industry leaders where necessary to create lasting infrastructure which will support a next-generation telecommunications network. A network which will be future-proof, meaning that the 3G network infrastructure being developed will be able to comply with technological advancements such as 4G in years to come.