Telecommunications in Myanmar are constantly improving, with growing infrastructure and an increasing proportion of the population having access to a cell phone.
With SIM penetration at around 105% and smartphone penetration in the region of 80%, it is clear that mobile phone usage in Myanmar is increasingly widespread.
Moreover, Myanmar’s Internet market is one of the fastest-growing in the region.
This is good news for tourists in Myanmar who should be able to enjoy good cell phone and internet connections during their stay.
The information below gives details on mobile operators, landlines, how and where to obtain a SIM card and advice for using the Internet in Myanmar.
Using a Cell Phone in Myanmar
Cell phone usage has increased dramatically in Myanmar in recent years and infrastructure is improving rapidly.
Tourists in Myanmar can easily purchase a SIM card on arrival which will allow them to make calls and send messages during their trip.
Visitors can locate shops selling SIM cards by looking out for the Telenor, Ooredoo, MPT and Mytel logos which are usually displayed. Both standard and micro SIM cards are available.
Travelers can also buy SIM cards at Yangon and Mandalay international airports.
How much does a SIM card cost in Myanmar?
As well as being readily available, SIM cards in Myanmar are now inexpensive. Telenor, Ooredoo, Mytel, and MPT SIM cards cost as little as 1,500 kyats (1 USD).
Cards work on a pay-as-you-go basis with top of cards of 1,000, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 kyat (0.7- 7 USD) on sale.
Cell phone networks in Myanmar
Mobile network access is generally good in towns and cities but may be less reliable in rural areas.
SIM cards can be purchased from the following networks in Myanmar:
- MPT (Myanmar Post & Telecommunications)
How to buy a SIM card in Myanmar?
In order to buy a SIM card, international visitors are required to present the following:
- Photocopy of their passport photo page
- Photocopy of the Myanmar visa page
- One passport photo
Can international calls be made from a mobile device in Myanmar?
It is possible to make and receive calls and SMS messages to and from many foreign mobile networks in Myanmar.
With the list of international roaming partners in constant evolution, travelers should check with their mobile operator for the latest information.
Roaming charges vary depending on the country and operator.
In case tourists encounter issues receive and sending SMS text messages they should contact a licensed Oooredoo, Telenor or MPT store which can be found easily in city centers.
Dialling codes for making international calls from Myanmar
To call an overseas number from Myanmar dial 00 followed by the country’s international dialing code and the local area code without the first 0.
Can the internet be accessed from mobile phones in Myanmar?
SIM cards are 3G enabled and all networks provide rapid 4G coverage in areas such as Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar.
An analysis of 9,085 devices carried out by Opensignal in 2018 reported fast internet connections and good LTE access, especially in Yangon, the largest city of Myanmar.
Using a Landline in Myanmar
Despite the increased use of mobile phones in Myanmar, it is still possible to find and use phone stands. Phone calls to a local number cost around 100 kyats (0.068 USD) per minute.
It is much more expensive to make an international call from a phone standard, over 7,300 kyats (5 USD) per minute.
As not all phone stands permit international calls, tourists are recommended to make international calls from a hotel landline.
Using the Internet in Myanmar
The Internet is now widely available in Myanmar.
Internet cafés in cities and an increasing number of rural areas can be used by visitors to access the internet. City center Internet cafés generally charge in the region of 500 kyats (0.34 USD) an hour.
Free WiFi is offered by many hotels as well as bars and restaurants, both in urban and more remote areas.
If good WiFi is a priority, travelers are advised to read online guest reviews before booking accommodation in Burma.
What is internet speed like in Myanmar?
Internet speed varies throughout the day, depending on demand. Internet connection is faster in urban centers such as Yangon and slower in rural areas.
Working outside of peak times is one way to ensure a good and fast internet connection in Myanmar. Shared offices and co-working spaces are other good options for enjoying the best Internet speeds.
Co-working space in Yangon and Mandalay include:
- Phandeeyar Myanmar Innovation Lab: 9,000 kyats (6 USD) a day
- Impact Hub, Yangon: 10,000 kyats (7 USD) a day
- She Waa, Mandalay: 7,000 kyats (5 USD) a day
Is there Internet censorship in Myanmar?
Tourists in Myanmar are often concerned about the Internet being blocked in Myanmar. However, the majority of websites can be used freely, including social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, following the lifting of government restrictions.
How to Obtain the Myanmar Visa Online
In line with Myanmar’s technological development, nationals from 100 countries are now able to able to apply online for the Myanmar visa. Applications for an eVisa can be made from anywhere in the world, provided there is an internet connection.
The process is fast and efficient, the application form takes just five minutes to fill out and applications are generally processed within 3 working days. Once approved, the eVisa is sent to the applicant by email. Travelers can view Myanmar visa requirements online to check their eligibility.