According to IDC's latest report, awarding telecommunications licenses to Telenor and Ooredoo has caused prices of SIM cards and mobile services to drop considerably towards levels even low-wage earners are able to afford.

IDC expects this to drive a considerable uptake in demand for both mobile phones and tablets.

The Myanmar government has set highly ambitious targets for mobile subscriber penetration over the next two years. At this point, they are on the right track, but there is still much work left to be done," says Daniel Pang, ASEAN Research Manager for Client Devices at IDC Asia/Pacific.

He believes that based on the current state of telecom infrastructure and the plans of the new operators, the impact on mobile phone shipments will only be felt some time next year.

"While SIM cards are being issued at a hectic pace, much of the country still suffers from poor network coverage, and thus, they continue to be put up for sale in the black market instead of into new mobile phones. Therefore, vendors will likely boost shipment quantities only in 2Q14 or 3Q14 once the telecom infrastructure has improved and more SIMs are available to consumers, says Pang.

The tablet market, however, does not face any barrier to growth. More WiFi hotspots are being developed to improve access to Internet for tablet users. Furthermore, prices for tablets dipped significantly at the end of 2012 and are continuing to fall, which will drive much higher demand across 2013 and beyond.