Ooredoo, the mobile telecom operator bringing high definition (HD) voice calls and fast internet for all in Myanmar, announced on 5 August the availability of its crystal clear voice calls and fast internet services in three of Myanmar’s major cities, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, as part of final preparations for commercial launch later this month.
Initially Ooredoo will provide a bundle of life-enriching services free of charge in a kick off promotion. This is the first time that telecommunications services have been so readily accessible for the nation’s people. In another first not only for Myanmar but globally, Ooredoo is rolling out a next generation, purely UMTS900 network, some of the most advanced 3G technology in the world which also future-proofs the network being built. The benefits of this technology include a stronger signal, crystal clear sound and fast internet.
As Ooredoo works towards commercial launch, coverage will rapidly extend beyond these three main cities to include 68 cities and towns by 15 August. The company is quickly striving to connect as many people as possible, enabling them to experience life-enriching and affordable services first-hand. To participate customers need to register and purchase a SIM card for US$1.50 (1,500kyats(ks)). SIM cards are readily available from one of Ooredoo’s 6,500 dealers.
Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO Ooredoo said: “During the past year Ooredoo has set out to break down all the barriers that have limited the Myanmar people’s access to the best quality voice and fastest internet experience. Our aim is to support the Myanmar people and help them achieve their vast potential. We believe the services we provide will be transformational and have the ability to bring change to every aspect of our customer’s lives, from education, to healthcare, in traditional sectors like agriculture as well as driving modern-day ICT development and innovation. As a Group we are passionate about the ability of our technology to enable human growth, particularly in nations aspiring for a better, more connected future, and no-where is this more true than in Myanmar.”
Ross Cormack, CEO Ooredoo Myanmar commented: “We are very excited to have met our commitment to bring mobile telecommunications to the people of Myanmar, bringing us even closer to being able to serve the nation’s huge demand for mobile technology. As we undertake final preparations for launch and optimise the network we would like to extend an invitation to those living in Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon to try out our next-generation technology, hence our offer of free services during this time. By August 15th we will deliver high definition voice calls, stronger signal and fast internet everywhere we have coverage. We are working hard to deliver our services to as many people as possible and to ensure ready availability of SIMs and affordable compatible devices. We are confident that the feedback from our new customers will assist us in enhancing our network in time for our commercial launch.”
Upon commercial launch Ooredoo will release further details regarding the variety of life-enriching services that will be available to its customers. These will include initiatives that serve the nation’s high demand for education, application’s that help improve maternal healthcare, solutions that help the country’s unbanked and technology that improves the productivity of the nation’s large agriculture sector.