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The number of Internet users in Myanmar missiles
The Myanmar Times reports that Myanmar has more than 39 million Internet users, compared to 2 million in 2014, and Myanmar's four telecommunications providers have signed up for 43.72 million subscribers by May 2016. High sales of UMTS means that the nation has reached 89.38% wireless coverage, which represents a significant 6.99% growth at the end of the 2011-12 financial year," said U Soe Thein, CEO of Myanmar's Postal and Telecommunications Division.
Its four operating companies comprise foreign-owned Telenor and Ooredoo, state-owned Myanma Posts and Telecommunications and MECtel, which belong to the military-owned Myanmar Economic Corporation. But the amount of UMTS smartphones that are being resold may not be the real permeation of portability, as wireless users typically have more than one as well. It has also been said that the number of Internet users has also increased rapidly, with many using 3G wireless internet as well.
According to Vivek Roy, Research Asia-Pacific Research Engineer at Ovum, Myanmar is experiencing the rapidest increase in wireless subscription sales in Asia-Pacific. "Myanmar wireless subscription increased year-on-year by 127% to 41.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016," Roy said. First and foremost, Myanmar's wireless networks are driving the roll-out of wireless access to Myanmar, where the cost of solid bandwidth is relatively prohibitive.
Ooredoo Myanmar initially began as a pure 3G device and 4G was released in May 2016. There was another gamer named Telenor who took 4G up in July, Roy said. In Myanmar, he added that a key issue for Myanmar's mobile industry in the near term will be the government's unblocking of frequencies in the 1800 MHz frequency range, which will be crucial for carriers to allow the expansion of 4G wireless service in the area.
The speedy increase in the number of people moving is also due to the government's liberalisation of the telecommunications industry, which in 2014 granted cell phone licences to the privately owned companies Ooredoo and Telenor. In two years, wireless coverage increased from 15.9% in mid-2014 to 68% by the end of 2015, Roy said. On the other hand, solid wideband is prohibitively expensive with a domestic coverage of less than 0.1%.
MPT, Telenor and Ooredoo remain competing for marketshare with competitively priced information and speech, expanded reach and cutting-edge value. Fifth telecom operator is scheduled to launch wireless telephony in early 2017 as Myanmar's regulatory authority, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), announces the results of its recent call for a new National Telecom License (NTL) by the end of the year.
Nonetheless, the winning tenderer is likely to face strong competitors from those already operating in Myanmar's growing overcrowded MNOs.