SingTel Offers To Help Myanmar with Satellite

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PARIS — Telecommunications network operator Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), which is preparing to sell its Australia-based satellite fleet operator Optus, is sweetening its bid for a mobile operating license in Myanmar with an offer to help nation design and build its own telecommunications satellite, SingTel said June 11.

In a statement discussing the bid proposal of its consortium, which includes KBZ Group of Myanmar and Myanmar Telephone Co., SingTel said its offer to accelerate Myanmar’s development of telecommunications infrastructure is based on existing satellites and undersea cable capacity.

Then it added: “SingTel will invite the government to participate in feasibility studies for future satellite programs and lend its assistance in the launch of a Myanmar national satellite.”

SingTel is promising that if it is awarded the license, it will cover 95 percent of the Myanmar population within three years of starting work. 

SingTel acquired the Optus satellite fleet, which now counts five in-orbit satellites, in 2001 as part of its purchase of the Optus telecommunications network. SingTel announced in March that it would be entertaining offers for the Optus satellite division.