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:

And again on Feb 7th:

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#

asia package global plan

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, 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.


Currently, we are out of stock of Asia plans, you can check out our Global Plans which has the same function should you wish to purchase.  Please follow our Facebook and Twitter for stock updates.


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.

Watch the how-to video

On Android:

  1. In Settings, go to Network & Internet.
  2. Select Mobile Network.
  3. Click on Add carrier.
  4. You can now scan your QR code.
  5. When the device asks for your confirmation click on Start.
  6. The device will now install your profile SIM2Fly.

Check the full list of known eSIM devices.


Other ways to avoid being blocked

3 Responses

  1. I have been using sim2fly just fine before and then I stopped using it for a few weeks and yesterday I bought a few data package but my cellular data won’t activate no matter what. I got this PDP authentication failure. I tried changing carriers from telenor to ooredo and others. I also tried resetting the mobile networks since i’m using iphone. And that PDP thing stopped showing but now the internet won’t connect or activate at all. It says “cannot activate cellular network” or smth. I’m at wits’ end. I need help.

    1. Hi, If you are using in Myanmar, you should know that the government has cut off access to these travel roaming SIM. Not much can be done in this case.

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