Thailand’s leading telecommunications services provider Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS) has become the world’s first operator to provide a data-roaming service in Myanmar in a bid to tap the growing number of Thai visitors in the country.
The service is provided in collaboration with state-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), following AIS’s launch of roaming services for voice calls in 2011 and for text messaging in December.
“It is essential to have a roaming service in Myanmar due to the large number of Thais and foreign visitors through Thailand visiting the country,” said Pratthana Leelapanang, senior vice president, digital products and services of AIS.
“With AIS Data Roaming Service, our customers can now stay online while travelling in Myanmar. Moreover, our customers can enjoy data roaming service in Myanmar with great savings,” he said.
In the early stages, AIS targets 200,000 to 300,000 customers to use its service in Myanmar.
AIS offers three packages at a price of 6 baht (20 cents) per megabyte – 50 MB for one day of use, 150 MB for three days and 250 MB for five days. Postpaid customers can subscribe to the packages right away, while the service will be available for prepaid mobile users from January 14.
The company said it also has a system to alert users when quotas have nearly been used to prevent bill shock.
True Move, Thailand’s third largest mobile operator, is also in the process of testing a roaming service in Myanmar.