14 June 2022 (closed)
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Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), Indonesia's largest telecommunication and network provider, is seeking to tap the lucrative mobile phone market in Myanmar, where the mobile penetration rate currently stands at five percent only. The company joined a tender through which it aims to obtain a mobile operator license from the Myanmar government. However, Myanmar prefers companies that already have a large international customer-base.
Although domestically Telkom owns a dominating market share of between 45 and 50 percent (which translates to about 120 million subscribers), internationally the company has limited business stakes. And as several large telecommunication players, such as SingTel, Telenor, Axiata, ST Telemedia and Bharti Airtel - that all have a profound customer base outside the home country - join the bid, it reduces chances for Telkom to be awarded the operating license.