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Ericsson names Myanmar the world's 4th largest mobile market
In the past three months, the globe added 87 million new mobile phone subscriptions, almost 6 per cent of which came from Myanmar, the fourth-fastest growth market in the word according to Ericsson's Mobility Report Q3 2015. The number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide in the third trimester amounted to around 7.3 billion, which corresponds to the worldwide capita.
In Southeast Asia and Oceania, mobile phone users will exceed the 1 billion threshold by 2016 and reach around 1.3 billion by 2021. Following a year of banners for telecommunications in Myanmar, the state has some 36 million mobile phone users - 5 million more than in the last three months, the study reported.
Burma ranked 4th in net adds this third consecutive period, followed by its huge neighbors India and China, each with 13 million subscriptions and 7 million new clients, and the United States, which grew its basis by 6 million. They outperformed Nigeria, which completed the top 5 and whose market grew by 4 million net subscription this quarter. 3 million net subscription revenues were generated in the first three months.
Myanmar's telecom industries have undergone dramatic changes over the past two years, with the result that it has been able to connect tens of thousands of people and the country's attendance has skyrocketed. Although the market has been under the Myanma Posts and Telelecommunications (MPT) governmental established company monopolies for many years, there are now three companies to chose from, with Telenor Myanmar and Ooredoo Myanmar switching on their service in 2014.
With SIM prices falling, smart phone prices have also fallen - and many in Myanmar have made the jump towards 3G service and more sophisticated technologies. Ericsson's mobility report for Southeast Asia and Oceania this quarterly states that the current smart phone subscriptions for this area are around 350 million, more than doubling to 850 million by 2021.
According to the United Nations Ericsson and World Urbanisation Prospects 2014, the number of smartphone subscribers in Myanmar is currently around 30 per cent and will more than doubling by 2018. Myanmar Ooredoo has 80 per cent smart phones on its home base and their monthly use averaged over 650 Mbytes, said spokesman Thiri Kyar Nyo last night.
Meanwhile, more than 60 per cent of Telenor Myanmar phone use is on 3G or 4G telephones, while 57 per cent of Myanmar phone subscription use information on a month-to-month basis, as already covered by the Myanmar Times. MPT chief engineering U Myo San said the company had 12 million dataconsumers at the end of October.
Although Myanmar has not yet switched to 4G wireless technologies, Ericsson expects 40 percent of all mobile subscribers in Southeast Asia and Oceania to switch to LTE/5G over the next six years. In Myanmar, Ericsson forecasts that the proportion of LTE subscribers will increase from zero to one digit by 2018 in comparison to the overall subscriber population.