Mobile data users reaches 3 mln in 2014

The number of mobile data users has increased steadily since 2011 and is approaching 3 million this year, according to the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT).

Mobile users can order data services via SMS to receive internet on their phone, a process which once required filling out multiple forms at the MPT offices in person.

Still additional data services cost Ks 10,000 (US$10) – a price since reduced from Ks 30,000 ($30) – and the connection speeds are often low and unreliable.

“Accessing mobile internet has become convenient, thanks to Android powered handsets. But regardless of the handset quality, the MPT data services are still terrible,” said mobile user Thar Nge.

Myanmar has one of the lowest rates of mobile penetration in the region. It is estimated that just over 10 percent of the population use mobile phones and the state-owned MPT remains the sole service provider.

Recent licences provided to private telecomm operators Ooredoo and Telenor promise to grow the mobile market through high-speed connection and data services.


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