DOHA: Ooredoo has announced the availability of its HD crystal clear voice calls and fast Internet services in three of Myanmar's major cities Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon as part of final preparations for commercial launch later this month.
Initially Ooredoo will provide a free bundle of life-enriching services in a kick-off promotion. This is the first time telecommunications services have been so readily accessible for the people.
In another first not only for Myanmar, but globally, Ooredoo is rolling out a next generation UMTS900 network, with some of the most advanced 3G technology, which will also future-proof the network being built. Benefits include a stronger signal, crystal clear sound and fast Internet.
As Ooredoo works towards a commercial launch, coverage will rapidly extend beyond the three cities to include 68 cities and towns by August 15.
It is striving to connect as many people as possible, enabling them to experience life-enriching and affordable services first-hand. To participate, customers need to register and purchase a SIM card for $1.50 (1,500 kyats). SIM cards are available from one of Ooredoo's 6,500 dealers.
Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: "During the past year Ooredoo has set out to break down all barriers that have limited the Myanmar people's access to the best quality voice and fastest Internet experience. Our aim is to support Myanmar's people and help them achieve their vast potential.
"We believe services we provide will be transformational and have the ability to bring change to every aspect of our customers' lives, from education to healthcare, in traditional sectors like agriculture and driving modern-day ICT development and innovation.
"We are passionate about the ability of our technology to enable human growth, particularly in nations aspiring for a better, more connected future, and no-where is this more true than in Myanmar."
Ross Cormack, CEO, Ooredoo Myanmar, said: "We are excited to have met our commitment to bring mobile telecommunications to the people of Myanmar, edging us closer to being able to serve the huge demand for mobile technology.
"As we undertake final preparations for launch and optimise the network, we would like to extend an invitation to those living in Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon to try out our next-generation technology, our offer of free services during this time.
"By August 15, we will deliver HD voice calls, stronger signal and fast Internet everywhere we have coverage. We are working to deliver our services to as many people as possible and ensure ready availability of SIM cards and affordable compatible devices. We are confident that the feedback from our new customers will assist us in enhancing our network in time for our commercial launch."
Upon commercial launch, Ooredoo will release details regarding the life-enriching services that will be available to customers. These will include initiatives that serve the high demand for education, applications that help improve maternal healthcare, and technology that improves the productivity of the large agriculture sector, among others.