Telenor will connect its first customers in Myanmar tomorrow, 15 months after announcing it was entering one of the world’s least connected countries.

Customers in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, will be the first to get connected to the new 2G and 3G networks. 

The Norway-based operator is offering pre-paid “mass market” voice, data and value-added services via 1,500 distributors and sales partners. 

A SIM card will cost 1500 Kyat (€1.20) and will be available along with top-up cards at all points of sale.

Customers can call international numbers and roam when traveling abroad, while calls to Myanmar will cost 25 Kyat (€0.02) per minute. 

Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter-Børre Furberg commented: "Opening in Mandalay is a major milestone for Telenor Group and for Telenor in Myanmar. We made a commitment to launch affordable and accessible mobile services within eight months of receiving our license. 

“By opening up our network in Mandalay on Saturday we are taking the first step to contributing towards providing everyone in Myanmar with high-quality connectivity. 

"I am confident that we are entering the market with a competitive and attractive offering both for voice and mobile data." 

Other cities including Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon will get connected “shortly”, Telenor added. 

The operator is committed to bringing mobile connectivity to more than 90 percent of the population within five years.

A spokesperson said 4G LTE will be introduced “at a later stage”.

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