Ooredoo slashes data charges on PAYG

Ooredoo is making getting online less costly for its Pay As You Go customers, the company announced at an August 30 press event.

Starting 6am on August 31, the Qatari telecom will charge Pay As You Go users KY 10 per megabyte, down from KY25 per megabyte.

The 30-day promotion, which begins for customers when they top up, is to motivate users to try Pay As You Go at a cut cost – though the company says its Internet bundles might be the better deal.

“We want everybody to enjoy volume because when you’re on the Internet, you don’t want to have to think how much you’re using,” Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Ross Cormack told reporters at the close of the press conference. “That’s why we’re saying to people, the fairest way is buying a bundle. And we’re saying to those people who don’t want to buy a bundle, you’ve got an even better price to enjoy the Internet on the go.”

Some Ooredoo customers have refrained from buying the company’s Internet packs, preferring to pay as they go.

“This is the first time that we’ve had fast Internet and mobile, and it’s the first time that people have been able to enjoy the Internet on the move,” Mr Cormack said. “And even though we’ve done a lot of advertising we think we can see a lot of people haven’t used those packages and are instead using a lot of Pay as You Go.”

Since the company’s commercial launch just over two weeks ago, Ooredoo has accrued more than 1 million customers, according to the telecom. Its coverage has also increased by 15 percent since that time, from 7.8 million people to 9 million people as of August 31. By September 15, Ooredoo looks to boost that figure to 12.3 million.


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