Mobil phone ownership at 90 per cent

Over 90 per cent of the people in Myanmar now own a phone, up from only 10 per cent five years ago, said U Kyaw Myo, Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications at the 16th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting.

“The Myanmar communications sector has rapidly developed under the new system. The number of phone users has risen from 10 per cent to more than 90 per cent in 2010-2011,” he added.

The 16th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, on 25 and 26 November 2016. Ministers for transport and communications from ASEAN countries and representatives from the People’s Republic of China, Japan and Republic of Korea attended the meeting.

An attendee from Myanmar said the percentage of ownership may actually be higher.

“Nearly everybody can use a phone now in the districts because of the affordable price of SIM cards and smartphones”, said U Aung Myo Oo, the representative from Yamethin township Regional Hluttaw constituency 2. “Although the ministers said 90 per cent, I think more than 90 per cent have their own phone”.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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