Qatari telecoms giant Ooredoo vows 'affordable' mobile access for Myanmar
YANGON (AFP) - Qatari telecoms giant Ooredoo on Friday pledged to introduce "affordable" phone services to Myanmar next year as it pumps US$15 billion (S$19 billion) into one of the world's few remaining frontier mobile markets.
The firm, which in June along with Norway's Telenor won bids to provide mobile coverage to a nation where less than 10 per cent of the population has telephone access, should be formally awarded its 15-year 3G licence by the end of this year.
It will then start to roll out its mobile services - including money transfers and weather data for farmers - within six months, a company executive told reporters in Yangon.
"People can use Ooredoo's services next year... we need to build quickly, not only in cities but also in rural areas," Mr Ross Cormack said.