MPT halts SIM sales

15 Sep 2014

Eleven Myanmar writes that state-backed incumbent Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has temporarily stopped selling its MMK1,500 (USD1.51) SIM cards. MPT sold 700,000 SIMs in the first ten days of September, but only around 480,000 of these are understood to be in use, whilst the remainder are expected to be sold on the black market, after high demand saw many vendors run out of their supply of the cards. An unnamed official from MPT’s economic department was quoted as saying: ‘We have stopped the sales of MMK1,500 SIM cards for the moment because we are concerned about black marketeers who will sell the SIM cards for a good price. We urge people not to buy their SIM cards. We will sell the SIM cards later to meet market demand.’