The firm announced it was selling its local operation in July, joining the exodus of foreign companies from the country since last year’s coup.
Min Aung Hlaing’s daughter Khin Thiri Thet Mon could have a controlling role over 18 million people’s secret data.
Activist groups warn the move could put sensitive customer data in the hands of the military.
Sources suggest that U Thein Win Zaw, who has close links to the Myanmar Navy, may be acting as a front man for senior junta figures who want to own the telecom operator.
Campaigners say the sale of the telecoms network will hand the regime more than 18 million users’ data to the regime.
A client of the Norwegian firm’s Myanmar subsidiary says its planned sale to a junta-linked firm will violate his rights under Norway’s data protection law.
The Norwegian telecom giant said falling profitability at its Myanmar unit, which it is in the process of selling, was largely responsible for its poor 2021 performance.
Myanmar Navy chief and regime-appointed Transport and Communications Minister are behind two companies vying to take over Telenor’s telecom business in Myanmar.
A senior executive of Amara, part of a group of companies owned by a brother of the Myanmar Navy chief, tells The Irrawaddy that Amara hopes to invest in the telecom operator.
The regime reportedly prefers that a local firm or consortium buy all or part of the Norwegian-owned telecom company, over a sale to Lebanon’s M1 as planned.