Myanmar: Nationwide Telecommunications Project

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 49116-001

The Project consists of a nationwide telecommunications infrastructure roll-out that will provide a full range of fixed, mobile and data services in Myanmar (i.e. universal license). The Government has awarded one of two 15+10 year operating and associated spectrum license on a build, own and operate basis through an international, transparent, and competitive bidding process to Ooredoo, the Sponsor. Myanmar suffers from the lowest coverage rates among ADB's developing member countries with less than 10% of the population having connectivity. The Project will increase the geographic coverage to over 80% within 5 years and make telecommunication services available to the public at affordable prices in both rural and urban areas.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Pascual, Francis Mark A.
    Private Sector Operations Department
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  • Country
    Myanmar
  • Sector
    • Information and communication technology
Project Name Nationwide Telecommunications Project
Project Number 49116-001
Borrower/Company Ooredoo Myanmar Limited
Country Myanmar
Location Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
3269 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 150.00 million Closed
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Pascual, Francis Mark A.
Project Sponsor(s) Ooredoo Q.P.S.C.
Description The Project consists of a nationwide telecommunications infrastructure roll-out that will provide a full range of fixed, mobile and data services in Myanmar (i.e. universal license). The Government has awarded one of two 15+10 year operating and associated spectrum license on a build, own and operate basis through an international, transparent, and competitive bidding process to Ooredoo, the Sponsor. Myanmar suffers from the lowest coverage rates among ADB's developing member countries with less than 10% of the population having connectivity. The Project will increase the geographic coverage to over 80% within 5 years and make telecommunication services available to the public at affordable prices in both rural and urban areas.
Objectives and Scope The project consists of rolling out an advanced third-generation mobile telecommunication network across the country. The rollout has already begun in several major cities and townships, and Ooredoo officially launched its services in August 2014 as the first international operator to begin commercial operations. With the third generation, Myanmar will leapfrog several generations of mobile technology by ensuring greater speed and capacity for data transfer and thus enabling mobile broadband internet, e-mail, and enriched mobile applications in addition to conventional voice and text services.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The interim CPS, 2012 2014 emphasized creation of access and connectivity as one of the three program areas that can help accelerate economic growth in Myanmar. Under Strategy 2020, ADB's infrastructure operations emphasize private sector engagement, investment in communication connectivity, and inclusive growth especially for rural areas. The project is aligned with the CPS and will help address the critical shortage of connectivity which in turn will promote access to markets and basic social services, improve rural infrastructure to boost productivity and incomes, lower transaction costs, enhance opportunities for domestic and cross-border trade and investment, and improve access to reliable and sustainable utility services in Myanmar. The project is consistent with the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) focusing on inclusive growth and balanced growth among regions and states.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the project is classified as category B for environment and category C for involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples impacts. The potential environmental and social impacts have been identified, and effective measures to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for the adverse impacts are incorporated in the safeguard reports and plans.
Involuntary Resettlement Category C. No involuntary resettlement impacts are envisaged.
Indigenous Peoples Category C. No land acquisition or impacts on indigenous peoples are envisaged.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation Major stakeholders of the project include the Myanmar population who will benefit from the improved telecommunications infrastructure, the concerned government agencies, the potential telecom service providers. The borrower will establish procedures for engagement of stakeholders and affected communities. The stakeholder engagement procedure will ensure that all stakeholders are informed and their views are considered.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 25 Oct 2013
Credit Committee Meeting 27 Apr 2015
Approval 30 Jun 2015
Last PDS Update 05 May 2021

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