Ooredoo 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, the company said in a statement released today.
HE Chairman, Ooredoo Group, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani revealed the significant achievement in a special ceremony in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, where he thanked the people of Myanmar for their warm welcome, and stressed the company's commitment to serving the country.
Demonstrating the potential for growth and strong appetite for data services in Myanmar, many customers are using mobile and accessing the internet for the first time. In his speech, HE 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", such as one of our first customers - a father - who saw how this would give his son access to better education opportunities.
"Mobile communication enriches people's lives. It connects job-seekers with new opportunities, unites families who are separated by geography, enables teachers to access learning resources, farmers to track market demand, and entrepreneurs to connect with new suppliers, which is why we have continuously pushed to enable people's access to these life chances. 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.
U Myat Hein, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said: "Over the past few years, the Union Government and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology have worked hard to lay the foundations for the creation of a competitive telecommunications landscape that truly serves our people and we are closer than ever to achieving this." "This is truly a historic moment for our country, people, and the telecoms sector in Myanmar. My most heartfelt congratulations to the whole Ooredoo and Ooredoo Myanmar Limited team on your successful launch of Ooredoo service in Myanmar! And I am also glad to see you have kept your launch commitment," he added.
Since the launch of Ooredoo in Myanmar, the company has seen unprecedented demand for its mobile phone and internet services, with people queuing overnight to purchase a low-cost Ooredoo SIM. The team are striving to deliver up to customers' expectations, offering crystal clear voice services and fast Internet. The event offered thanks to customers, staff and partners who have made this achievement possible and the Chairman challenged his team to go further in striving to improve service for customers. It was attended by a number of VIP guests, including HE Sheikh Abdullah; HE U Myat Hein, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology; HE Jaber Ali Al Dosari, Qatar Ambassador to Thailand and accredited to Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos; Aziz Al-Uthman Fakhroo, Ooredoo Group Board Member and Chairman of Ooredoo Myanmar;Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo;U Than Htun Aung, Director of Posts and Telecommunications Department;and Ross Cormack, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar.
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.