Per capita GDP (PPP) of Myanmar is US$1,300 and each mobile connection costs $240 only. The country has “succeeded” to raise teledensity from 1 percent in 2005 to 5.4 percent in 2011. State-owned monopoly has been the sole culprit behind such abysmal state of telecoms profile. The authorities have, however, realized their good days are nearing to an end. Therefore, effective January 8, 2013 each mobile connection will be sold at $180 instead.
Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) intends to reduce the notoriously exorbitant price of its SIM cards from USD240 to USD180 later this month, to coincide with a 3G network overhaul carried out by Chinese telecoms vendors Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel Shanghai Bell. The development was revealed by MPT’s chief engineer, U Htay Win, who noted that around one million SIM cards would be made available at the reduced price.
Chief engineer U Htay Win may be forgiven for meddling with commercial issues. TeleGeography reports.