Phone providers in Myanmar reveal price plans

phone-sales-MyanmarMyanmar, formerly a country with exorbitantly high prices for SIM cards and mobile phone calls, will see fees drastically dropping when Telenor and Ooredoo, the successful applicants for two mobile licences in Myanmar,will start operations.

Norway’s Telenor said it will charge 25 kyat ($0.03) per minute for calls, while Qatar’s Ooredoo will put the price at 35 kyat ($0.04) per minute for on-net calls and 45 kyat ($0.05) per minute for off-net calls.

Prices for SIM cards will significantly drop from the current 200,000 kyat ($204) to 1,500 kyat ($1.53) at both companies, and there are also plans to launch free SIM card offers.

Telenor and Ooredoo in late June 2013 defeated nine other applicants in a bidding contest to win two licenses to operate in Myanmar’s largely untapped mobile market.

Telenor said it will roll out voice coverage to 83 per cent of the country and data coverage to 78 per cent in the next five years. Ooredoo is aiming for 84 per cent voice and data coverage in five years and will open 240,000 SIM card points of sale, against Telenor’s planned 70,000.

However, there were reports that Ooredoo, formerly Qatar Telecom, might be boycotted by hardline Buddhists who said that they won’t use mobile phone services provided by a company from a Muslim country.