Oreedoo to Put 30 Million SIM Cards on Sale Before September

RANGOON — The CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar said that the Qatari telecommunication firm plans to put 30 million 3G SIM cards on sale in Burma sometime between July and September this year.

Ross Cormack, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, told the media on Sunday that the company is building up its mobile phone network and working out how it can connect to the existing mobile network of government-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT).

He added that Ooredoo’s network could already connect to the network being developed by Telenor, the Norwegian telecom firm that also owns a telecom license in Burma. Telenor has previously said that it expects to put SIM cards on the market in September.

Cormack said he could not yet reveal the price and service of the 3G SIM card, as Ooredoo is still conducting a nationwide customer survey.

“So far we have built more than 100 towers, and we are going to have more by the end of the year,” Cormack said, adding that two data centers in Rangoon and Mandalay had been completed and a third one in Naypyidaw will be finished next year.

He said the company will import handsets for its 3G network as some mobile phones currently on sale in Burma are not compatible with Ooredoo’s new SIM cards.

Last year, Ooredoo and Telenor won licenses for foreign firms to develop Burma’s telecom sector, a coveted market that remains untapped after decades of international isolation and economic stagnation under the previous military regime.

Source The Irrawaddy

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