By Andy Sambidge
Telco announces achievement just three weeks after going live with services in Myanmar
Qatar-based telco Ooredoo said on Monday it has already broken through the one million customer milestone in its newest market of Myanmar, less than three weeks after going live with its services.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, chairman, Ooredoo Group, revealed the achievement at a special ceremony in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.
Since its launch in Myanmar, the company said it has seen "unprecedented demand" for its mobile phone and internet services, with people queuing overnight to purchase a low-cost Ooredoo SIM.
Sheikh Abdullah expressed his delight at the strong interest particularly from people who previously had not had the opportunity to benefit from mobile and access to the internet, and said the response from customers has been "humbling".
"I am humbled by the warm welcome we have received from the people of Myanmar, and by their dedication to improving their lives with technology. We are committed to continuously improving our service so we can meet our promise of giving people better life chances," he said.
Ooredoo has invested and installed the world's first next-generation purely UMTS900 network throughout Myanmar, which will provide fast internet and is primed to enable a smooth transition to a 4G LTE network in the future.
Aziz Al-Uthman Fakhroo, chairman of Ooredoo Myanmar, said: "This has been a challenging greenfield launch, where we have needed to counter a number of logistical and technological challenges to deliver a world-class network for the people.
"We have overcome these challenges with the help of local partners and communities, and have become the first international communications company to operate in Myanmar. We will continue to strive to offer the very best services for our customers."
Ross Cormack, CEO Ooredoo Myanmar, praised the 1,000 employees of the Ooredoo Myanmar team, adding: "The response to our launch has been inspiring. This wonderful nation's pent-up demand for mobile communication services has surpassed even our expectations, and as our reach expands across the country these opportunities will increase."