Myanmar: Nationwide Telecommunications Project
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.
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|Project Name||Nationwide Telecommunications Project|
|Borrower/Company||Ooredoo Myanmar Limited
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|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.|
|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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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Nationwide Telecommunications Project: Extended Annual Review Report||Extended Annual Review Reports||Dec 2020|
|Nationwide Telecommunications Project: Project Data Sheet (Myanmar Language Translation)||Translated PDS||Jun 2015|
|Nationwide Telecommunications Project: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Jun 2015|
|Nationwide Telecommunications Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Oct 2013|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Nationwide Telecommunications Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-December 2018)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Apr 2019|
|Nationwide Telecommunications Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-December 2017)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Apr 2018|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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