Cellphones and democracy in Burma

As shown in the chart below, only a few years ago, during the worst of Myanmar’s recent crackdowns, a SIM cost a few thousand dollars.  But ahead of the historic 2011 election, which brought democracy into action in Myanmar, prices plummeted.  A lower SIM price would put be a big step in catching Myanmar up to its neighbors. Neighboring Thailand has over 100% mobile penetration. Laos has 87%. SIMs in these countries can cost as little as a few dollars, or are even free with the purchase of minutes. [link]

Burma Myanmar Sim Card price


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