BUSINESS – SIM card sales rocket

There are now 18 million mobile phone SIM cards in active use in Burma, up from one million in 2012, according to Reuters. When they were first introduced after the takeover of Thein Sein’s regime the cards could fetch up to US$200 and signal was extremely patchy across the country. Following widespread infrastructure upgrades that increased the network range and allowed for more usage, the country’s biggest telecoms providers now sell the cards for around $2.