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MPT and Facebook to bring basic internet services to people in Myanmar

02 Jun 2016

[:en](Yangon, 02 June 2016) – MPT, the first and leading telecommunications operator in Myanmar, today announced it will launch Free Basics and Facebook Flex in Myanmar in partnership with Facebook.

Based on its slogan “Moving Myanmar Forward”, MPT has been developing mobile internet service for Myanmar people to use their mobiles for everything. By continually expanding its services and increasing its offers for its customers, MPT is able to provide an accessible service that is always with its customers.

Facebook is the most popular social network in Myanmar. To date, Facebook estimates that its connectivity efforts, which includes Free Basics, have brought more than 25 million people online who wouldn’t be otherwise. MPT and Facebook got an opportunity to connect people to basic Internet services, helping to bring more people online and introduce them to the benefits connectivity brings.

Effective from June 06, 2016, every MPT Swe Tharhar users can use Free Basics and Facebook Flex without any data charges for the first time in Myanmar.

For the first time in Myanmar, Facebook Flex is going to be offered by MPT that will allow people to access a version of Facebook without any data charges. This initiative is part of Facebook’s commitment to bringing people online.   Facebook Flex allows people to move between two modes – free mode and data mode. Free mode is where you can post, comment, like, and chat for free, however cannot view images and videos

Facebook Flex:

Along with Facebook Flex, Free Basics is going to be offered to MPT subscribers. Free Basics provides mobile websites helping community by providing them free community related contents; demonstrating the value the Internet can provide.  Free Basics will offer more than 35 services dedicated to health, education, jobs and finance.

Free Basics

Mr.Koichi Kawase, Chief Commercial Officer of MPT-KSGM Joint Operations said: “Partnership with Facebook aims to connect more Myanmar people to the Internet and make the internet more accessible for them through free basic services. This partnership between MPT and Facebook is another milestone for Myanmar telecom industry to create an opportunity to connect to basic information and resources on the internet.”

Mr. Markku Makelainen, Director of Global Operator Partnerships at Facebook, said: “MPT has been an important partner in bringing connectivity and access to people in Myanmar.  Together we hope to bring more people in Myanmar online by reducing the affordability and awareness barrier.”

MPT users can access the Free Basics application through their mobile device (feature phone, Android and iPhone).  Facebook Flex can also be accessed via the mobile app or www.facebook.com and Free Basics via www.freebasics.com[:]