Telenor Myanmar last week announced a new internet pricing plan for mass market customers in Myanmar.
Telenor’s ‘My Internet’ plan will be priced at K5 per megabytes (MB), down from the previous price of K6 per MB.
Telenor’s ‘Smart Internet’ plan meanwhile – offering speeds of up to 2 Mbps – will now be priced at K6 per megabyte from the previous price of K10 per megabyte.
Weekly and monthly data packs for the ‘My Internet’ plan will be priced at K500 for a data quota of 110MB and K1,900 for 500MB. There are two ‘Smart Internet’ plans, priced at K6,600 for 1,250MB and 11,900 for 2,400MB.
The ‘My Internet’ plan is pre-enabled for all SIMs, and available for all customers when they start Telenor’s service. To activate the ‘Smart Internet’ plan, customers need to SMS “smart” to 500.
“Myanmar’s telecoms sector is rapidly evolving, and we estimate that approximately 65 percent subscribers in the country are on smartphones. Within our own base of 6.4 million customers 65 percent are data users, and close to 60 percent are smartphone users,” said Petter Furberg, chief executive officer of Telenor.
“Our new internet price plans both reflects the growing appetite for data in Myanmar and is aimed at stimulating further internet adoption and usage.”
Telenor currently provides mobile connectivity in ten regions and states – Mandalay, Yangon, Sagaing, Bago, Magway, Ayeyarwaddy, Kayin, Mon, Kachin and Naypyitaw. The company has recently announced plans for expansion to Shan, Kayah and Thanintharyi.
At present, Telenor has over 2,000 towers nationwide and expects to roll out between 3,000 and 4,000 towers by end 2015. Since September 2014, Telenor has expanded its network to about 50 percent of population and townships in Myanmar, it said.
“Apart from expanding coverage we are also focused on adding capacity and optimising quality in areas where we are already present. … in Yangon we have doubled the number of towers to more than 700 from 348 at the launch in October of last year, while in Mandalay we now have 345 towers turned on, from 70 at point of launch in September 2014.
“In February, we also opened a fibre link to Thailand, which continues to deliver improvement in data connectivity,” Furberg added.