DOHA: Ooredoo officially launched its mobile services in Myanmar with celebrations held in the country’s capital city, Naypyidaw, on Thursday night.
The event was attended by Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo; U Myat Hein, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Myanmar; U Than Htun Aung, Director of Posts & Telecommunications Department, Myanmar; senior representatives from Ooredoo and other prominent guests.
With the launch, affordable telecommunications services are available to Myanmar’s people for the first time. Internet access on a mobile device has also become widely available for the first time.
Ooredoo has achieved a world first by rolling out a new network using next generation UMTS900 technology, which offers customers in Myanmar 3G service with clear voice calls and fast Internet, as well as a solid foundation for a future move into 4G services.
U Myat Hein, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said: “Today’s event marks a turning point in our country’s development, a truly historic moment. Over the past few years, the Union Government and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology have worked hard to lay the foundations for the creation of a competitive telecommunications landscape that serves our people. With the introduction of Ooredoo’s services, our citizens will have an opportunity to choose the operator and services they use based on the quality of service, price and customer care. This will be a highly competitive market as our people are hungry for world-class communications services at affordable prices.”
Dr Marafih said: “A little over a year ago, we committed to breaking down all the barriers that limited the people of Myanmar’s access to high quality voice calls and a fast Internet experience. One of the many reasons we are excited to be here in this wonderful country is that we strongly believe everybody has the right to experience the life-enriching benefits of mobile technology and the Internet. We connect families and communities, we power innovation and we help youth fulfil their potential. Our vision is to enrich the lives of all the people of Myanmar and from what I have seen of the past two weeks we really are starting to deliver on this vision.”
Ooredoo has launched services in Myanmar’s three major cities and surrounding regions, initially covering 68 cities and towns and 7.8 million people. The network will extend to include 25 million people by the end of the year.
With top-up vouchers available for just $1, and for sale at 30,000 outlets across the country in addition to the 6,500 dealers selling Ooredoo SIM cards, the company is focused on ensuring accessibility for all. It has also launched a series of introductory Internet bundles and chat packs.
The company is also offering affordable handsets through launch promotions, such as the Samsung Galaxy V bundle, which offers the device and a package of minutes, SMS and data at an affordable price.
Ross Cormack, CEO, Ooredoo Myanmar, commented: “We are so excited to have met our commitment to bring mobile telecommunications to the people of Myanmar, edging us ever closer to being able to serve the nation’s huge appetite for mobile technology. We are here today to bring our next generation network with the world’s most advanced 3G technology to the people of Myanmar all at affordable prices.”
The company has announced plans for a range of services that will support the nation’s demand for education, help improve maternal healthcare, provide solutions to help the country’s unbanked and supply technology that will improve the productivity of the nation’s large agriculture sector.