Telenor SIM cards set to arrive in September

Telenor will launch their K1500 SIM cards in September, CEO Petter Furberg announced last week. The over-the-counter sales will require no pre-registration.

“The fixed-price cards will work immediately on insertion into the phone,” he said, adding that the cards would be sold to anyone producing an identification card.

Mr. Furberg said “The 3G network will normally provide 700kbps to 1Mbps in peak hours, and 4-6Mbps in off-peak hours. The 2G network will normally provide 100Kbps to 150Kbps with traffic.”

He said 4G LTE services would be on offer once enough LTE-enabled phones had entered the market.

The Telenor network will comprise 8000 base stations. The construction of the first 1000 would be the most challenging task, he said.

Though Telenor is promising that consumers will be able to buy as many SIMs as they wish, Mr. Furberg dismissed any worries about the SIM card black markets that have bedevilled MPT attempts to give away cheapcards, saying that the sheer volume of SIMs being released will make reselling unlikely.

“We don’t expect a black market in our cards because we have so many outlets and anybody can buy them freely, even in rural areas.”

Both Telenor and Ooredoo were awarded licences to operate telecoms services in February. Ooredoo has announced plans to launch their SIM cards and complete 400 towers during the third quarter of 2014.

Source: Myanmar Times

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