Myanmar 3G SIMs drop to $2

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Myanmar has the lowest mobile phone penetration worldwide behind North Korea
Myanmar has the lowest mobile phone penetration worldwide behind North Korea

The Myanmar government has announced that mobile 3G SIM cards for will go on sale for 1,500 kyat ($2) starting April 24.

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications, the state-owned entity with a current monopoly in Myanmar’s telecom sector, said it will first release 350,000 SIM cards for CDMA-800 MHz networks, the currently dominant standard in the country.

For regions and states that are not supported by that standard, WCDMA 3G SIM cards will be made available at the same price.

The new $2 retail value marks a precipitous drop from the previously reported quotation of 20,000 kyat ($23) in March.

Calling rates will be 50 kyats ($0.05) per minute, and incoming calls will be free, with international calls available.

The long-awaited announcement of sanely priced SIM cards comes after the Myanmar government began publically dithering on retail prices, leading to the suspension of the sale of SIM cards in January after Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications and the President’s Office failed to agree on a reduced price.

For prospective foreign investors, the dropped financial barriers to sending workers and establishing communications links with offices in Myanmar will be an added boon for the country’s investment rush.

The new price for 3G SIM cards will put Myanmar on par with other countries in ASEAN, where SIM cards retail for between $2 to $10.

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Myanmar has the lowest mobile phone penetration worldwide behind North Korea

The Myanmar government has announced that mobile 3G SIM cards for will go on sale for 1,500 kyat ($2) starting April 24.

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Myanmar has the lowest mobile phone penetration worldwide behind North Korea
Myanmar has the lowest mobile phone penetration worldwide behind North Korea

The Myanmar government has announced that mobile 3G SIM cards for will go on sale for 1,500 kyat ($2) starting April 24.

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications, the state-owned entity with a current monopoly in Myanmar’s telecom sector, said it will first release 350,000 SIM cards for CDMA-800 MHz networks, the currently dominant standard in the country.

For regions and states that are not supported by that standard, WCDMA 3G SIM cards will be made available at the same price.

The new $2 retail value marks a precipitous drop from the previously reported quotation of 20,000 kyat ($23) in March.

Calling rates will be 50 kyats ($0.05) per minute, and incoming calls will be free, with international calls available.

The long-awaited announcement of sanely priced SIM cards comes after the Myanmar government began publically dithering on retail prices, leading to the suspension of the sale of SIM cards in January after Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications and the President’s Office failed to agree on a reduced price.

For prospective foreign investors, the dropped financial barriers to sending workers and establishing communications links with offices in Myanmar will be an added boon for the country’s investment rush.

The new price for 3G SIM cards will put Myanmar on par with other countries in ASEAN, where SIM cards retail for between $2 to $10.

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