Mobile and Internet in Myanmar

Mobile and Internet in Myanmar

Telecommunications in Myanmar are several steps behind most developed countries, and also lag behind neighbouring Southeast Asian countries: generally, you may find that systems are antiquated and access is patchy and slow. Only a small percentage of the population has access to a fixed telephone line, and internet and mobile penetration are also low. However, the situation on the ground is changing almost every month and infrastructure is gradually improving. For many years SIM cards in Myanmar were expensive and difficult to obtain, but cards sold by the Ooredoo, Telenor and MPT (Myanmar Post & Telecommunications) networks are now generally available for a cheap K1,500. Cards work on a top-up basis, with K1000, K3000, K5000 and K10,000 cards available. SIM cards and top-ups can be bought at numerous street-side retailers in downtown Yangon and Mandalay, as well as at Yangon International Airport and in most larger towns, cities and tourist sites. Shops selling cards usually display the Ooredoo, Telenor or MPT logo’s.

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