No one yet knows the actual composition of the joint venture that will get the fourth license. But the results are already being felt.
Starting this month, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), the state-owned operator whose monopolistic rights ended last year, cut its Internet charges from 7 kyat (Bt0.21) per megabyte to 6 kyat. The short message fee was also reduced to 10 kyat, the lowest in the industry. Voice call charges are only 23 kyat per minute.
Ooredoo Myanmar this month offered a 50-per-cent bonus for any top-ups. On Friday, it launched Internet packages with the lowest charges – ranging from 4.55-5.57 kyat per megabyte, depending on the package. Packages come with 70MB to 5.5 gigabyte of data.
Rene Meza, chief executive officer of Ooredoo Myanmar, said Myanmar’s mobile phone penetration rate is about 60 per cent. Research by Deloitte Southeast Asia showed that the penetration rate was below 4 per cent at the beginning of 2012.