ExpertiseTelecom, Media and Technology

Our firm is well recognized as a leader in the Myanmar telecom space, with extensive experience in investment, transactions, financing and regulatory matters. We provide telecoms companies, infrastructure providers, regulators, industry participants, financial institutions and various suppliers with in-depth advice on Myanmar telecommunications law and regulations.

Highlights of our experience in TMT:

  • Acted for 5 of the 12 prequalified bidders in the 2013 telecom tender
  • Acted as local counsel to Ooredoo on its multibillion dollar greenfield telecommunications investment in Myanmar
  • Assisting a number of passive network infrastructure providers with their licensing and advised on fiber deals
  • Spearheaded proposed regulatory reform for passive network infrastructure
  • Assisting several EU, US and Asian multinational technology providers with their licensing
  • Providing technical assistance to the Post and Telecommunications Department of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Telecommunications services and media licensing

Our TMT team has assisted state-owned telecom enterprises, mobile operators, ISPs, satellite service providers, financial institutions and corporates with their licensing needs. With a strong Nay Pyi Taw presence, we provide a full service to clients which comprises advice, preparation and documentation of license applications, liaison and follow up with authorities.

  • National Service Individual licenses
  • National Service Class licenses
  • Application Service licenses
  • Network Service licenses
  • Spectrum licenses
  • Numbering licenses
  • Mobile financial services
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Television broadcasting

Interconnection and access

Our TMT team advises telecoms and mobile network operators, towerco’s and fiberco’s, investors and lenders on the Myanmar legal and regulatory framework of interconnection and infrastructure sharing. This comprises:

  • Interconnection agreements
  • Master service/license agreements
  • Compliance with tarriff regulations
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Public sector technical assistance

Passive network infrastructure deployment

Our TMT team has unique in-depth and hand’s on experience with the regulatory aspects of the deployment of passive network infrastructure. We have performed due diligence on and assisted towerco’s and fiberco’s with securing land use rights, approvals and construction permits on a nationwide basis.

  • Land lease documentation and registration
  • Land class conversion
  • National, state/region and local approvals
  • Construction permits
  • Environmental and social compliance
  • Stamp duty payment

Equipment licensing

In most cases, importation of equipment into Myanmar is only allowed after securing multiple regulatory approvals from various Government organizations. Our import regulatory team makes a capability available to our clients which goes well beyond the scope of what is usual for law firms. We have secured import licenses in Myanmar for well over US$1B worth of telecommunications and technical equipment.

Consumer protection

We advise telecommunications companies on their obligations in terms of Myanmar’s consumer protection rules. In connection with telecommunication services, we advise on advertising, general terms and conditions, data protection and contractual compliance.

Competition

Myanmar’s telecommunications law and regulations foresee a detailed framework of rules and procedures. We advise clients on potential exposure and assist with procedures and disputes. Given the firm’s multi-disciplinary foundations, we are able to create a coalition with lawyers, regulatory experts, litigators and financial specialists to meet their needs.

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