Qatari group Ooredoo (previously known as Qatar Telecom, Qtel) is involved in talks with Norway’s Telenor regarding tower-sharing in Myanmar as the two roll out their respective mobile networks. Local news source Irrawaddy cites Jeremy Sell, Oredoo’s chief strategy officer as saying: ‘It’s a green-field launch and we’re going to build the network in partnership with Telenor. This has never been done before – we’re rolling out two green-field networks and anything made of steel or concrete we want to share. There are no towers that are so strategic you can’t share them.’ Sell went on to comment that both companies are facing similar challenges in Myanmar, and that a partnership would lead to substantial savings. Minimising the number of towers rolled out would reduce the total cost of deployment, whilst sharing the burden of dealing with the practical and regulatory difficulties of the installation. Commenting on the challenges facing the two cellcos, Sell noted: ‘No one speaks English, we can’t get galvanized steel. There aren’t enough cranes. The country is covered in jungle. The roads flood. There’s no power… It’s a pristine and beautiful but undeveloped country.’
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