Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is planning to sell five million SIM cards across the country by the end of December in cooperation with Japan’s KDDI, sources from MPT’s economic department have said.
MPT has sold Ks 1,500 SIM cards since the start of September.
Saw Htoo Htar, from MPT’s economic department, said: “We need time to manufacture SIM cards because we cannot manufacture many cards at the same time. There will be some hindrance to manufacturing them. We have SIM cards ready to sell.”
People have been queuing to buy MPT SIM cards in retail shops and they have been priced at over Ks 20,000 on the black market. MPT says it will sell SIM cards freely according to market demand.
At Myeik in Taninthayi region, locals have been pushing and shoving to buy SIM cards and shops stopped selling of the MPT cards because of fears things would get out of control. At some shops, sellers were forced to get help from police.
A policeman said: “The shops announced they would sell SIM cards on September 1, however they started selling the cards on September 3, saying that the cards were not available on September 1. People from villages came to buy the SIM cards. Some were annoyed and some people incited them.”
Some shops stopped selling the cards because they did not have enough to sell for a large number of people.
Source: ELEVEN MYANMAR