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I found out on OpenSignal.com that the 3G coverage is very good coverage in the cities Yangon, Naypyitaw & Mandalay. Outside of these cities, things seem to be rather "different".

What I wonder is: although it's easy to access the 3G in the cities mentioned above, how fast is the 3G in those cities?

prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Myanmar mentions:

Only go to Myanmar if you can live with erratic and often painfully slow internet access. This is true to Wi-Fi as well as to all three mobile operators especially on the countryside. Both of the newcomers sold millions of SIM cards each in only a few months. First, they were so high in demand in 2014 that black-market prices skyrocketed. But in 2015 you get them on every street corner where you have coverage for the regular price.

MPT has again lowered prices but has still unreliable and slow internet access. It gives the best coverage throughout the country on 2G 900 Mhz and 3G 2100 Mhz and simultaneously on an incompatible CDMA network. Ooredoo only builds up a 3G network mostly on 900 Mhz with no fall back to 2G. Telenor is said to be the most reliable for data where it has coverage on 2G 900 Mhz and especially on 3G 2100 Mhz. A fourth license to Vietnam-backed Vietel Group was given out recently, but they haven’t started yet.

But it still does not tell me how possible a skype call without video would be, nor provides any speedtest data.

Any feedback regarding recent personal experience would be very appreciated.

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    Looks like the network is much better now :) See this testimony from someone who went in November 2015: nomadforum.io/t/how-is-the-quality-of-3g-in-myanmar/6436/4 – Adrien Be Feb 29 '16 at 7:42
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    I actually spent all of February in Myanmar. And in general all internet connections, be it Mobile data or wifi, were painfully slow. A lot of the modern web flat out did not work -- I could not log onto my tumblr account 95% of he time. Unfortunately I didnt run any speed tests while there, so you're just getting an anecdote as a comment rather than an answer. – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Jun 7 '16 at 12:53
  • Even in Yangon!? What 3G network were u using? Thx for the feedback! – Adrien Be Jun 7 '16 at 13:32
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Replying myself after getting some feedback on a facebook post, here are the testimonies:

speedtest

Sorry for the quick and dirty post, doing this my phone. Will edit this later.

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    Those are better HDSPA speeds than in many European capitals! Happy to hear the world is ever more connected. – JonathanReez Jun 7 '16 at 16:58
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Various sources, including Trip Advisor will tell you that making a Skype call in Myanmar can be next to impossible with the wide spread of connections and often very very slow speeds.

The networks in Myanmar are getting better, but there is a way to go yet;

Telecommunications in Myanmar are several steps behind most developed countries, and also lag behind neighbouring Southeast Asian countries: generally, you may find that systems are antiquated and access is patchy and slow. Only a small percentage of the population has access to a fixed telephone line, and internet and mobile penetration are also low. However, the situation on the ground is changing almost every month and infrastructure is gradually improving

Networks Ooredoo and Telenor, only became operational in the second half of 2014 and their networks are sometimes patchy, although they are improving. SIM cards and top-ups can be bought at numerous street-side retailers in downtown Yangon and Mandalay, as well as at Yangon International Airport and in most larger towns, cities and tourist sites.

Due to bandwidth restrictions, internet speeds can change markedly according to demand through the day. If you use Gmail and you are working or spending an extended period of time in Myanmar, it is worth downloading Gmail Offline; this works much better than regular Gmail with slow connections, and also allows you to work offline.

Previous government internet restrictions have now been lifted, so people are free to access most websites and services – including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and so on.

Source - Go Myanmar You can always try to make a Skype call while you are in Myanmar, but it's unlikely to be a good or easy experience.

It's not really possible to provide speed test data, as it says above, speeds can change throughout the day and from day to day.

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    Seems like things are changing fast though. I posted that same question on different forum on got good feedback from people who were there in April 2016 (in Yangon). I'll try find the source again. – Adrien Be Jun 6 '16 at 21:49
  • As the question said, the signal is good in Yangon - it was asking about other cities @AdrienBe – Nathan Shoesmith Jun 7 '16 at 5:40
  • I have downvoted this answer as I do not find it answers the question with well-chosen sources. The Tripadvisor reports are from 2013 and earlier while the second source (Go Myanmar) has been unchanged since early 2015 and potentially even way more back (check this here) while the OP clearly asks about more recent information. I have made a case for well-researched answers here on meta and am downvoting answers that I find obfuscating. – mts Jun 7 '16 at 6:37
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    @NathanShoesmith You misunderstood my question actually. I probably should clarify it. The coverage is good (in the cities mentioned), but it does not necessarily mean that the connection is fast. That's why I wrote "What I wonder is: how fast is the 3G in those cities?" – Adrien Be Jun 7 '16 at 12:18
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    @NathanShoesmith down votes are reversible, they're not permanent. – Berwyn Jun 7 '16 at 15:44

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