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Myanmar president calls for equitable distribution of low-priced sim cards

English.news.cn   2013-03-30 12:46:47            

YANGON, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein has called for equitable distribution of low-priced sim cards in regions and states to fulfill the public demands, official media reported Saturday.

Thein Sein made his call at the coordination meeting on sim card sales in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday, promising to seek ways to offer handsets at low price, said the New Light of Myanmar.

He also demanded measures to ensure good connection after bulk sales of sim cards.

Beginning April, low-priced sim cards will be constantly distributed to regions and states with 350,000 units per month.

The date and price will be announced by the Communication and Information Technology Ministry in time.

Telephone density so far only covers 7 percent of the country and it is targeted to cover 50 percent at least in 2014-15, said the president.

Meanwhile, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications Department (MPT) have suspended the sale operations of GSM sim card priced at 200, 000 kyats (about 229 U.S. dollars

MPT first reduced the price to 500,000 kyats (about 568 U.S. dollars in February 2011 and then to 200,000 kyats (some 227 U.S. dollars) in April last year from as expensive as 1.5 million Kyats more than a decade ago when it was first introduced.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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