Myanmar’s state telecom to enter price war with Ooredoo

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Foreign telecom giants pioneer Myanmar marketMyanmar’s state-owned telecom operator Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is planning to reduce its local calling rates per minute, according to sources from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Initial reports say MPT is preparing to cut its per-minute rates from 50 kyat to 20 kyat, or lower. MPT currently charges 50 kyat per minute for local calls from 7am to 11pm and 25 kyat per minute from 11pm to 7am.

The move is regarded as a response to the debut of a rival in the market, Ooredoo Myanmar, and a second next month, Myanmar Telenor, which analysts say is likely to pose the biggest immediate threat as it will offer both a 2G and 3G network, allowing it to expand its coverage area at a faster pace than Ooredoo, which has only a 3G network.

MPT is also planning to change its service fees for SMS and Internet access if it can get permission from authorities to do so. Sources say it is preparing to cut rates for its SMS service from the current 25 kyat per message to 10 kyat, or less.

They say, however, that it will not change its current strategy of charging for Internet access based on time. It charges 2 kyat per minute for 2G Internet access and 4 kyat per minute for 3G Internet access. Ooredoo sells Internet access based on the amounts of megabytes. MPT is, however, mulling eliminating its initial installation fee for Internet service, which is 10,000 kyat, sources say.

They also said MPT is considering a switch from time to volume based usage for payment of voice calls.

Ooredoo charges 25 kyat per minute for local calls within its network and 35 kyat for calls to different operators, 25 kyat per text message and 25 kyat per megabyte of Internet access.

(1 USD = 974 kyat)

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Myanmar’s state-owned telecom operator Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is planning to reduce its local calling rates per minute, according to sources from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

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Foreign telecom giants pioneer Myanmar marketMyanmar’s state-owned telecom operator Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is planning to reduce its local calling rates per minute, according to sources from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Initial reports say MPT is preparing to cut its per-minute rates from 50 kyat to 20 kyat, or lower. MPT currently charges 50 kyat per minute for local calls from 7am to 11pm and 25 kyat per minute from 11pm to 7am.

The move is regarded as a response to the debut of a rival in the market, Ooredoo Myanmar, and a second next month, Myanmar Telenor, which analysts say is likely to pose the biggest immediate threat as it will offer both a 2G and 3G network, allowing it to expand its coverage area at a faster pace than Ooredoo, which has only a 3G network.

MPT is also planning to change its service fees for SMS and Internet access if it can get permission from authorities to do so. Sources say it is preparing to cut rates for its SMS service from the current 25 kyat per message to 10 kyat, or less.

They say, however, that it will not change its current strategy of charging for Internet access based on time. It charges 2 kyat per minute for 2G Internet access and 4 kyat per minute for 3G Internet access. Ooredoo sells Internet access based on the amounts of megabytes. MPT is, however, mulling eliminating its initial installation fee for Internet service, which is 10,000 kyat, sources say.

They also said MPT is considering a switch from time to volume based usage for payment of voice calls.

Ooredoo charges 25 kyat per minute for local calls within its network and 35 kyat for calls to different operators, 25 kyat per text message and 25 kyat per megabyte of Internet access.

(1 USD = 974 kyat)

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