Myanmar has region's lowest Internet penetration rate

NAYPYIDAW - Internet penetration rate in terms of population in Myanmar is the lowest in the region, according to the reports of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and world top consultation firm Roland Berger.

Only 7 per cent of the population in Myanmar is using mobile phones while neighbouring Bangladesh has provided the service to half of its population. Land line phone density is still about 1 per cent in Myanmar.

Myanmar has about 60,000 Internet users (which is 0.16 per cent of its entire population) in 2012. Myanmar is trying to increase mobile phone density to 50 per cent in 2015-2016 to catch up with the neighbouring countries, according to the release of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Moreover, the government intends to give communication equipments to its citizen with affordable prices and make the people to choose the mobile service provider for them.

At present, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT) has invited tender for mobile operators to expand mobile network and serve the people with affordable prices. Now twelve mobile operators including international giants and joint ventures have applied for the operator license. MPT will choose the mobile operators among the applicants and announce the names in June.

Dr. Sett Aung from Telecommunication Operator Tender Evaluation and Selection Committee said that they will emphasise on the transparency of selection process for the mobile operators.

Overseas mobile companies saw the mobile telecommunication market in Myanmar as profitable and made competition for the operator licence.

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