Statement on report from Kaladan Press Network

Telenor is aware of the disturbing claims in the Kaladan Press Network report from Myanmar. We are deeply concerned by the alleged crimes, as well as the potential illegal entry into—and abuse of—the tower premises of our vendor. We can confirm that the tower referred to in the report is built and owned by a licensed tower company and operated by one of Telenor’s network vendors. Based on the allegations, Telenor Myanmar is initiating dialogue with relevant authorities to express our concern and seek further facts on the matter.

Published: 29 November 2018 15:22

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Telenor Group is committed to respecting human rights, and has on several occasions expressed that we view with grave concern the findings of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, and support the call to immediately implement the recommendations in the previously released Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. Telenor has also expressed these concerns to Myanmar authorities. Since inception, Telenor Myanmar has focused on human rights and will continue to do so.

To provide some background: Telenor is committed in our license to provide mobile coverage to 92 percent of Myanmar’s population. In Rakhine, we started rolling out mobile network in 2014 as part of our ambition to provide mobile services for all.  The tower mentioned in the report was erected in 2016, but did not become operational until March 2018. In the period between August 2016 and April 2017, and between August and December 2017 entry into the area was not allowed for Telenor personnel based on Telenor Myanmar’s assessment of the safety and security situation. In August and September 2017 there were also strict restrictions on access to the region imposed from the Myanmar authorities.

In general, mobile network towers are unmanned with fenced protection to keep unauthorised persons out of the premises. These protective measures, however, will not prevent persons who use force to enter the site.

For more information about our view on situation in Rakhine, including past statements, please click here.