Telenor Slashes Call Rate amid Stiff Competition

Telenor Myanmar has announced a new reduced tariff plan amid competition from its rival telecom operators in the country.

The new “Super Pwar” plan, which became available to all Telenor customers on a subscription basis from August 20, offers voice rates for all calls made between Telenor subscribers at K18 per minute, down from K25 which was the highest among the telecom operators in Myanmar.

State-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) offers K23 per minute while Qatar’s Ooredoo charges K20 per minute.

Rates for calls made from Telenor subscribers to other networks have also been lowered to K23 per minute, the Norwegian operator announced.

All customers on Super Pwar will by default have Telenor’s “Smart Internet” data plan at K6 per megabyte. All other tariffs such as SMS, IDD and roaming, and services like balance transfer, “Kyo Thone”, and “MY Tune” remain unchanged.

Telenor Myanmar Chief Executive Officer Petter Furberg said: “We serve more than 10 million customers today, in 12 out of 14 major regions and states. In the areas where we are already present, almost one in every two mobile users is a Telenor subscriber, and our Super Pwar plan now provides them the lowest voice rates in the market today…”

“Offering ‘Smart Internet’ as the default data plan in Super Pwar also reflects the growing appetite among subscribers for faster data connections. Myanmar is 3rd globally for mobile growth and close to 70 percent of mobile users in Myanmar today are on smartphones. Within our base 55 percent of our customers are already data users,” Furberg added.

Customers can subscribe to “Super Pwar” via SMS by sending the keyword “SUP ON” to 365, or by calling Telenor’s call center at 09790097900 or 979 for Telenor customers.

Telenor’s “My Internet” data plan at K5 per megabyte will continue to be available on basic tariff plans, the company said.

Telenor has recently announced plans for expansion to Chin and Rakhine states in the coming months.

“Apart from expanding coverage we are also focused on adding capacity and optimising quality in areas where we are already present. … in Yangon we now have more than 811 sites, while in Mandalay we now have 521 sites turned on. In urban areas, we will continue accelerating site density as well as deploying the latest small-cell solutions to complement our traditional network in coming months,” Furberg said.

Source: Myanmar Business Today

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