Myanmar is coordinating a planned satellite launch with the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in a bid to
significantly lower spiraling mobile phone costs. But analysts
are skeptical the approach will be successful.
The high cost of mobile phone use has long been a gripe of
those living and working in Myanmar, with calling cards for one
hour of calls currently costing $20 and sim card installation
fees a staggering $200.
Myanmar Post and Telecommunications department (MPT) deputy
director Than Htun Aung told IFLR the telecommunications
ministry was working to dramatically reduce the high cost of
calling rates and halve sim card installation fees in the
country by building up the...