Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Teledensity goal set for 2015

Countrywide telephone density may reach 80 per cent by the end 2015, a government official announced on January 10.

The announcement came ahead of the government's call for Expressions of Interest in the tender for two nationwide telecommunications services licences.

“We are determined to increase telephone usage from 75pc to 80pc by the end of 2015,” said U Thein Tun, Union Minister for Information and Technology.

Telephone density, or teledensity, is measured by the sum of subscribers to telephone mainlines and mobile phones per 1,000 people, according to World Development Indicators.

Access to mobile phones in Myanmar exceeded 10pc at the end of 2012, U Thein Tun said. He added that mobile phone retail outlets will be built in rural areas as soon as possible.

While 70pc of the country’s population resides in rural areas, only 1.2 million have access to mobile phones.