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Foreign firms hail Myanmar telecom deal

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YANGON - Norway's Telenor and Qatari firm Ooredoo Thursday hailed a "milestone" for Myanmar after finalising telecoms licences which are expected to dramatically increase mobile phone use in the long-isolated nation. 

Passengers ride the bus with the advertising of a mobile phone shop in Yangon. Norway's Telenor and Qatar's Ooredoo Telecom have won the country's first foreign telecommunications licences for mobile phone networks. (EPA photo)

Only one in 10 people in previously junta-ruled Myanmar are thought to have access to a telephone, offering a potentially lucrative pool of customers among the country's estimated 60 million people.

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