Monday, September 25, 2017

Mobile uptake climbs steadily, says govt

The number of mobile users nationwide climbed to 9.36 million in June, according to U Thaung Tin, the deputy minister for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

 Photo: Kaung Htet Photo: Kaung Htet

Speaking to the upper house of parliament last week, U Thaung Tin said the number roughly equates 16 percent of the population, up from just 8pc in early 2013.

“We hope to reach 75 percent to 80 percent of tele-density in the 2015-2016 fiscal year,” Thaung Tin said.

It took neighbouring countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam, about three to four years to reach 50 percent mobile penetration, starting from under 10 percent, but Myanmar can get there in a year, the deputy minister said.

Translation by Thiri Min Htun