Category Archives: Foreign direct investment

Singapore decides framework for allocation of 235 MHz of additional spectrum and encourages 4th MNO

On the 18 February 2016, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Agency (IDA) published its decision on the framework for the allocation of an additional 235 MHz of spectrum. This follows their earlier consultations. Key points are set out below: Two stage process to … Continue reading

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Governing development finance organisations: measuring development impact

Governance is important for both private and public sector organisations. For development finance organisations (such as IFC, CDC, Africa Development Bank and Asia Development Bank) which are publicly funded and invest in developing countries it is critical. A key part of … Continue reading

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Responsible investment in Myanmar

Myanmar is a country with tremendous opportunities, but also tremendous risks. I was fortunate enough to host and chair a seminar in Singapore yesterday on responsible investment into Myanmar. Introduction by Rt. Hon Hugo Swire MP The seminar started with an introduction … Continue reading

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India opens telecoms sector to 100% foreign investment

On Tuesday 16th July the Indian Government announced its decision to relax its foreign direct investment rules to permit 100% foreign investment in the telecoms sector, up from the prior cap of 74%. In the basic and cellular telecoms services sectors, 49 per cent foreign investment will … Continue reading

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Ooredoo and Telenor win Myanmar telecoms licences, Parliament debate telecoms law

Ooredoo (formerly known as QTel) and Telenor have won the process run by the executive branch of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for the award of two national telecoms licences. A consortium of Orange and Marubeni Corporation was named as … Continue reading

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Myanmar announces 12 Pre-Qualified Applicants for telecoms licences

Following its evaluation of applications, the Government of Myanmar today announced 12 pre-qualified applicants for the two national telecoms licences being allocated by tender: Axiata Group Bharti Airtel China Mobile and Vodafone Group Digicel Group France Telecom / Orange KDDI … Continue reading

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Singapore adopts 10 year master plan to become IP Hub for Asia

On 1 April the government of Singapore adopted a ‘Intellectual Property (IP) Hub Master Plan: Developing Singapore as a Global IP Hub in Asia’. Despite the date, this is emphatically no joke.  The plan helpfully summarises its key aspects in the following … Continue reading

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Myanmar to increase international investor protections

International arbitration to provide unbiased disputed resolution mechanism for international investors Myanmar’s long isolation from the international community has meant that it has lacked many of the protections available to international investors elsewhere. It is therefore very encouraging that on … Continue reading

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Myanmar invites applications for two telecoms licences

Myanmar today (15 January 2013) invited expressions of interest for two national telecommunications services licences. I have blogged about the prospects for telecoms in Myanmar before, and today’s announcement starts to clear some of the fog obscuring the road ahead. Policy framework … Continue reading

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Will 3G auctions finally happen in Thailand?

Regular readers will know that I am slowly working my way around the telecoms markets of SE Asia. Thailand has been a recent focus, culminating in a two-day trip to Bangkok to try to understand the market dynamics behind the recently announced 3G … Continue reading

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