Ooredoo Myanmar achieves 500,000 LTE users

Myanmar —

Ooredoo Myanmar has registered more than 500,000 4G users within 3 months of launch.

Ooredoo launched its 4G service since in May this year. At the time of launch, the 4G LTE network covered areas across Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, and is now available to around 4.6 million people.

Commenting on the popularity of the new high-speed services, Rene Meza, CEO Ooredoo Myanmar said that the uptake of 4G was the second time that the Myanmar market had taken Ooredoo by surprise, the first being the rapid adoption of smartphones across the country after the cellco’s launch in 2014.

Rival operator Telenor launched 4G services in Nay Pyi Taw in July this year, and is in the testing phase in Yangon and Shan State’s Muse and Myawaddy, Joachim Rajaram, Tlenor’s head of corporate communications in Myanmar, said.

Both the operator are currently offering only 4G data services, voice calls are on 2G/ 3G network.

Rene added that around 82% of Ooredoo’s 8.2 million wireless customers were data users, with a roughly even split between rural and urban subscribers.

Rene also said that the telco is planning to bid for 1800MHz frequencies to expand 4G coverage. However, he did not revealed their plans for upcoming auction for 40MHz of 2600MHz airwaves scheduled on October 17.