Qatar-based telecoms firm Ooredoo announced a “value internet offer” for its customers in Myanmar, slashing internet usage price by 60 percent.
Ooredoo’s internet charges on the “Pay As You Go” service now will be available for K10 per megabyte (MB), reduced from K25 earlier, said Ross Cormack, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, while outlining the new offer during a press conference in Yangon.
The telecoms firm said this “significant rate reduction” is for Ooredoo customers who want to spend more time browsing the web via their smartphone devices.
The news follows the recent announcement that Ooredoo added over 1 million customers to its network, since launching services commercially on August 15.
Myint Zaw, Ooredoo’s national sales director, said the offer would make it simpler for more customers to enjoy a better value browsing experience.
“The effective rate per MB is actually lower on some of our internet packs but we have noticed that not all customers are opting to use these. This offer will make sure that we are delivering better value to all of our customers.”
Cormack said: “We’ve listened to our customers and analysed their feedback. We want to ensure that we make it simple for everybody to enjoy the very best value and believe that this offer will do exactly that.
“At the same time, our network optimisation is picking up pace and with this offer we encourage even more customers to trial the incredibly fast internet service our next generation technology delivers.”
At the press conference, Cormack demonstrated the progress in the on-going network rollout and stressed that recent steps to optimise the network would translate into a much better experience for customers.
“We’ve been upfront about the enormous uptake in demand and some network challenges that we have faced in areas of downtown Yangon,” said Cormack.
“We have deployed the right technology and employed the right people for us to overcome these challenges and are confident we will continue to deliver significant improvements both in coverage and signal strength to our existing customers.”
The Ooredoo Myanmar network covered 7.8 million potential customers when it was officially launched on August 15, but the firm at a recent press event revealed this number has increased to over 9 million customers within the last two weeks. As well as the addition of over 20 base stations in Yangon, new towns and cities now covered by the Ooredoo network include: Thayet, Thayarwady, Taungoo and Pyinoolwin, the firm said.
“We’re really motoring ahead now,” Cormack said. “It’s just amazing to be rolling out our … services to more and more people and communities.”