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Myanmar telecom operators ordered to complete SIM card registration

Aug 03. 2016
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By Nay Myo Tun

Eleven Myan

YANGON - Myanmar’s telecom regulators have demanded all operators in the country to complete the registration of all SIM cards before next March.

Without the registration, the unregistered SIM cards would be temporarily suspended, said the Directorate of Telecommunications.

The order is aimed at boosting mobile banking and online shopping in the country.  

“Many SIM cards were sold to buyers who did not properly hand necessary documents. This order is issued again to warn the public,” said Deputy Director General Myo Swe from the Directorate of Telecommunications.

The registration requires the users’ national registration cards or student identity cards or driving licences. Passports are valid for foreigners.

The unregistered SIM cards would be suspended until the registration process is complete, Myo Swe said.  

At present, there are about 48 million SIM cards in Myanmar, where mobile phone penetration jumped from 54.56 per cent in 2014-15 to 89.38 per cent in 2015-16. There is no data how many of them are registered. 

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