Number of mobile data users reaches 3 million in Myanmar

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Myanmar smartphoneThe number of mobile data users in Myanmar has increased steadily since 2011 and is approaching 3 million this year, according to the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT).

Mobile users can order data services via SMS to receive internet on their phone, a process which once required filling out multiple forms at the MPT offices in person.

Still, additional data services cost 10,000 kyat ($10) – a price since reduced from 30,000 kyat ($30) – and the connection speeds are often low and unreliable.

“Accessing mobile internet has become convenient, thanks to Android powered handsets. But regardless of the handset quality, the MPT data services are still terrible,” said mobile user Thar Nge.

Myanmar has one of the lowest rates of mobile penetration in the region. It is estimated that just over 10 per cent of the population use mobile phones and the state-owned MPT remains the sole service provider.

Recent licenses provided to private telecom operators Ooredoo and Telenor promise to grow the mobile market through high-speed connection and data services.

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The number of mobile data users in Myanmar has increased steadily since 2011 and is approaching 3 million this year, according to the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT).

Reading Time: 1 minute

Myanmar smartphoneThe number of mobile data users in Myanmar has increased steadily since 2011 and is approaching 3 million this year, according to the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT).

Mobile users can order data services via SMS to receive internet on their phone, a process which once required filling out multiple forms at the MPT offices in person.

Still, additional data services cost 10,000 kyat ($10) – a price since reduced from 30,000 kyat ($30) – and the connection speeds are often low and unreliable.

“Accessing mobile internet has become convenient, thanks to Android powered handsets. But regardless of the handset quality, the MPT data services are still terrible,” said mobile user Thar Nge.

Myanmar has one of the lowest rates of mobile penetration in the region. It is estimated that just over 10 per cent of the population use mobile phones and the state-owned MPT remains the sole service provider.

Recent licenses provided to private telecom operators Ooredoo and Telenor promise to grow the mobile market through high-speed connection and data services.

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