Myanmar is facing major internet disruptions. How do eSIMs help?
A coup in Myanmar which happened on 1st of February has led the military to disrupt access to the internet.
On Feb 2, Internet in Myanmar was interrupted:
Update: Internet connectivity in #Myanmar has fallen to 50% of ordinary levels as of 8:00 a.m. local time amid an apparent military coup and the detention of civilian leaders; pattern of disruption indicates centrally issued telecoms blackout order 📵
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) February 1, 2021
And again on Feb 7th:
A week after the onset of internet disruptions in #Myanmar amid a military coup and detention of civilian leaders, connectivity has returned to 95% of ordinary levels. However, social media remain restricted for many and the situation remains tense 🗓
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) February 7, 2021
Mobile carrier Telenor Myanmar notified customers that “All mobile operators, international gateways and internet service providers in Myanmar received a directive on 5 February 2021 from the Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) to, until further notice, block the social media platforms Twitter and Instagram.”
How can roaming data help bypass the blocks?
A user roaming on an non-Myanmar carrier, may still have cellular data access, while local data is blocked. As we see with usage in China, roamers are able to access Facebook and Google by routing data to the originating carrier, with data requests exiting from a subscribers home country.
In the case of a user in Myanmar using the AIS SIM2Fly roaming sim, that user would see their traffic originating from and AIS data center in Bangkok. Traffic would not be considered local Myanmar requests, and the user is a subscriber of an International carrier, in this case AIS Thailand. That means that there is an agreement between carriers like AIS (Thailand) and Telenor(Myanmar) or Ooredoo(Myanmar).
Myanmar can of course cut access to this roaming data route, but it’s likely that this route serves the international community, and might be one of the last routes to be cut.
Using the AIS SIM2Fly
The AIS SIM2Fly is a roaming sim from Thailand that should help users in Myanmar, access data thru Thailand and international data agreements. If you have an SIM2Fly, you and add credit and additional data packages to keep using it for years to come. Once the first data plans are finished, users in Myanmar can use the Ready2Fly 2GB Neighbors data plan – 93 THB for 2 GB over 7 Days. Add credit and dial *111*407#
The Digital eSIM2Fly
The eSIM2Fly digital eSIM has all the features of the physical SIM2Fly, but it can be delivered digitally, as a QR code or even as a manual entry code. This means anyone with a supported device and take get their SIM in a email or text message. That user DOES however need an internet connection to download the SIM Profile for the first time. So eSIMs must be added while a user has a data connection. Once the eSIM is added, it cannot be removed or transferred.
eSIMs(Electronic Simcards) have no physical SIM cards involved and no physical swapping over required by users.
On Feb 7, esim2fly.com had its busiest day ever, with our site going down for 20 minutes under the demand for eSIMs. As the leading online reseller of the AIS eSIM2Fly, we were caught off guard by the demand.
Existing eSIM users
If you are using the AIS eSIM2fly in Myanmar, please consider leaving a review to help tell others where it is working and how well it is working.
To Install an eSIM with QR Code:
On iOS devices you install the eSIM with these steps.
Open Settings -> Cellular –> Add Cellular Plan and then camera app will open, ready to scan any QR codes it sees.
- In Settings, go to Network & Internet.
- Select Mobile Network.
- Click on Add carrier.
- You can now scan your QR code.
- When the device asks for your confirmation click on Start.
- The device will now install your profile SIM2Fly.
Check the full list of known eSIM devices.