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Telenor switches on network in Yangon

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Yangon has become the third city to get mobile connectivity from Telenor in Myanmar. Around 1 million SIM cards will be released to more than 8000 points of sale in the coming days.

The turning on of the network in Yangon was made official by a sunrise ribbon cutting ceremony at Telenor House in front of more than 300 Telenor staff on Sunday 26 October.

The network was formally switched on at 7:30am and SIM cards went on sale in Telenor’s 8000 shops and partner outlets in Yangon.

To mark the milestone, CEO Petter Furberg was joined by by H.E. U Myat Hein, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, U Thaung Tin, Deputy Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Ann Ollestad, the Norwegian Ambassador to Myanmar, and U Tin Maung Than, of the Myanmar Peace Centre.

The VIP guests cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the network in Yangon.

“We now have more than 340 towers in Yangon and after taking some extra time to really be able to put quality first, we felt ready to switch on the network here. We are expecting some congestion as a lot of customers will want to try our mobile connectivity but the feedback so far has been very good both for calling and for using mobile Internet,” says Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar.

Telenor’s Lanmadaw flagship, as well as 20 franchise owned Telenor shops were officially opened throughout the day by the “Blue Wave”, consisting of fifteen Telenor branded trucks carrying employees around routes covering 44 townships in the city.

Senior management of Telenor Myanmar officially opening the Lanmadaw flagship store.

The day’s events also included visits to old age homes, a women development centre, tea-shops, shopping malls and partners selling Telenor SIM cards.

“Visiting old age homes and women empowerment centres to show different user groups in Myanmar society the power of connectivity has been very empowering and humbling for us. These moments really show what opportunities and growth the mobile can bring to societies such as Myanmar,” Furberg adds.

A Telenor employee shows a resident at an old persons’ home in Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township how to connect with his relatives through his new mobile phone.

The day was concluded by a gathering of all the Telenor-branded trucks and employees in People’s Park, where there was a candle lighting ceremony and musical entertainment throughout the evening.

More than 300 Telenor employees in People’s Park to create a candlelit logo in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Customers queuing to buy Telenor SIMs

One of the first customers to buy a Telenor SIM card from the flagship store in Lanmadawon Sunday morning.