The Kim-family-owned North Korea has the world’s lowest mobile penetration despite having issued a 3G license to Orascom. Right next to them at the bottom of the league table is Myanmar, which used to charge a horrendous fee to get connected only to postpaid. Now it appears that they have started offering some kind of non-renewable prepaid.
Even mothballed Myanmar is coming along, albeit slowly. Until recently, its military rulers did not permit pre-paid mobile services on its network. Obtaining a local SIM card meant shelling out at least $1,500, assuming you had the right connections. No mobile roaming was allowed. Recently, however, the government began selling pre-paid cards to anyone with $20 to spare. Alas, the numbers cannot be topped up and expire after a month. It seems that the generals understand as little about building customer loyalty as they do about earning the political sort.
I am trying hard to figure out what went through the mind of the person who designed this scheme. Perhaps he was trying to increase the SIMs/100 for Myanmar.