Norway’s Telenor says Myanmar unit sale plan followed junta’s pressure on surveillance tech

Telecommunication and power cables hang outside residential buildings in Yangon, Myanmar. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Norwegian telecom firm Telenor is selling its Myanmar operations to avoid European Union sanctions after “continued pressure” from Myanmar’s military junta to activate intercept surveillance technology, the company’s Asia head told Reuters.

Telenor announced in July it would sell its Myanmar unit to Lebanese investment firm M1 Group for $105 million, prompting an outcry from activists in the country who have been relying on its services for communications.

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