The 90 day period for finalizing the licenses is still not over, but information has been released on the planned pricing structures (this is unusual, since normal practice is to keep it secret until the day the products are launched). But then we should not expect normal from Myanmar.
Norway-based 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.
More importantly to Myanmar citizens will be the price of SIM cards. Last year the government halved the cost of a SIM card to 200,000 kyat ($204), but that was still equivalent to two-thirds of the average annual salary. Consequently, mobile services were still well beyond the reach of the typical consumer.
Telenor and Ooredoo on Thursday said they will charge 1,500 kyat ($1.53) – 200 times cheaper than current prices – and the latter also plans to launch an offer that comes with a free SIM.