MPT looks to sell 5m SIMs before year-end

8 Sep 2014

State-backed incumbent Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) is planning to sell five million SIMs by the end of the year as part of its recent partnership with KDDI and Sumitomo of Japan and has sold 1,500 in the first week of September. Eleven Myanmar writes that demand for MPT SIM cards has been outstripping supply, quoting a senior official from MPT’s economic department, Saw Htoo Htar, as saying: ‘We need time to manufacture SIM cards because we cannot manufacture many cards at the same time.’

Meanwhile, sales were disrupted in Myeik in Taninthayi province, as crowds gathering to purchase MPT SIMs began pushing and shoving. Fearing that the situation would get out of control, shops in the town stopped selling the cards, and in some stores sellers were forced to get help from the police. A spokesperson for the police told press that the shops had announced that they would begin selling the SIMs on 1 September but had been unable to begin selling the cards until 3 September: ‘People [had] come from the villages to buy the SIM cards. Some were annoyed and some people incited them.’