Xinhua reports mobile SIM numbers for Myanmar as of April 2014. Helped by the lower than estimated population numbers given by the latest census that came out a week back, this means that Myanmar is well on its way to achieving its telecom penetration targets. The current SIM penetration is not known, but if we add 1 million to the Xinhua numbers (reported to be what Ooredoo achieved in first three weeks of rollout), the SIM/100 reaches 18.
The number of Myanmar’s mobile phone users has been on sharp rise, reaching 8.278 million as of April 2014, up 7.139 million from merely 1.139 million as of March 2011, thanks to the competitive introduction of more low- priced sim cards across the country by state and foreign telecom operators.
Since this week, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), the state-run telecom operator, has been introducing over 700,000 more low-priced WCDMA 3G sim cards across the country to meet people’s demand.
The MPT sim cards are being sold at a cheaper price of 1,500 kyats ( 1.5 U.S. dollars), a change from selling under lucky draw system previously.