President U Thein Sein said during a March 1 radio address that low-cost SIM cards would be released to the market in April.
“As regards the development of [our] telecom industry, you will all be informed of the efforts of our government since taking office. Plans are underway to sell low-cost mobile SIM cards in April. In addition to the short-term program, constant efforts will be made for the systematic development of the communication sector nationwide. These projects will materialise within one or two years,”Thein Sein said.
However, the president did not provide a price for the chips. But rumours have been spreading that the SIM cards will be sold for K20,000.
GSM SIM cards are sold for K200,000, while WDCMA chips are selling for K250,000.