Myanmar allows intl GSM mobile phone coverage

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-12-27 19:34:21

Myanmar telecommunication authorities have allowed GSM and WCDMA mobile phone coverage from foreign countries, local media reported Friday.

GSM/WCDMA subscribers from 64 operators from 33 countries including ASEAN countries can get access to the communication services in Myanmar, said the 7-Day News.

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Orange Company of France signed the International Roaming Services Agreement on Dec. 20.

The Orange company is trying to expand mobile phone coverage in over 100 foreign countries in the future.

The international roaming service for Myanmar GSM/WCDMA users are on trial run in foreign countries, the report said.

In October this year, Myanmar enacted the Communications Law in the development of communication technology. Meanwhile, mobile phone users has reached over 5 million in the country.

There are over 8.7 million households in the country and the current mobile phone users density is one mobile phone per 1.7 household, according to the statistics released by the ministry.

Myanmar government is making efforts to increase the percentage of mobile phone users to 80 percent by 2015.

In June, Norway's Telenor and Qatar's Ooredoo became the first foreign companies awarded mobile operating licenses in Myanmar.

At present, the state-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Yatanarpon Teleport Co. Ltd are undertaking as operators for the country's communication services.

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