MyTel, the fourth licensed operator in Myanmar, is aiming to extend its 4G-only network to 90% of the country’s population when it launches in Q1 2018.
The operator was awarded Myanmar’s fourth mobile licence in January. It is a joint venture between Vietnamese group Viettel and Myanmar National Tele & Communications (MNTC), a consortium of local firms. Vittel is providing 49% of the investment for the network, with MyTel aiming to invest almost $1.5 billion to roll out 7,200 base stations.
MyTel is sharing its infrastructure with MecTel, a smaller state-backed operator that began offering services in 2013, but has kept a low profile. It will compete with three established players; the state-owned market leader MPT, which has a 44% market share; Telenor Myanmar, which has 37%; and Ooredoo Myanmar which has a 19% share.
Viettel’s general director Nguyen Manh Hung said that MyTel would offer roaming charges that were equivalent to domestic rates between Myanmar and Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. MyTel represents the ninth overseas operation for Viettel.
MyTel has also signed an agreement with Myanmar’s Ministry of Education as part of a corporate social responsibility pledge which will see it invest $80 million into the country across the next 15 years. Under the agreement, MyTel will supply over 1350 schools with internet access, as well as providing computers and education management software.