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Laos - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Laos - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

The Laos telecoms market finally gains some momentum

The telecom sector in Laos still has numerous issues to address. For a number of years, the rate of regulatory reform has been well behind wider industry development. However, Laos has started to make significant progress in strengthening of its telecommunications infrastructure. As a result, it attracted more foreign investment into the sector and quickly saw the introduction of the latest telecom technologies.

The Laos economy continues to perform well. In the last decade there certainly has been a noticeable shift in the economic and social outlook for Laos. Most importantly, a significant number of hydro-electric power projects and mining ventures have become a reality, with even more possible projects in the pipeline.

The provision of fixed internet services has been slow, this being a major concern in terms of the overall social and economic development of the country.

Fixed broadband penetration in Laos remains limited in scale and nature and extremely low mainly due to a limited number of fixed lines as well as the dominance of the mobile platform. Over the next five years to 2023 growth is expected to continue but overall market penetration will remain extremely low.

The country's mobile sector has been going through a difficult period. Whilst subscriber growth had picked up to some extent after the market had gone backwards for a while, the mobile operators are now operating in an environment where the regulator is keeping a tight hold on pricing and open competition is in effect discouraged.

In contrast there has been the rapid expansion of mobile broadband internet services on the back of the large-scale launch of 4G services by the mobile operators. Laos has seen a strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years, however the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development and penetration remains relatively low compared to other Asian nations. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.

Key developments:

Fixed broadband penetration in Laos remains limited in scale and nature
After peaking in 2011 mobile subscriber penetration in Laos declined, since then there had been some recovery.
Low to moderate mobile subscriber growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.
There has been the rapid expansion of mobile broadband internet services on the back of the large-scale launch of 4G services.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Lao Telecom (LTC), Thaicom, ETL, Unitel, Lao Asia Telecom, Star Telecom, Viettel, Beeline, Millicom, Vimpelcom, Planet Online, Sky Telecom, China-APMT.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics – 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • ECONOMY
    • WTO ACCESSION
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGIONAL ASIAN MARKET COMPARISON
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • OVERVIEW
    • MINISTRY OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS (MPT)
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW NO. 2 (2012)
    • EARLIER LEGISLATION
      • Telecommunications Act 2001
      • National Authority for Post and Telecommunications (NAPT)
    • SIM REGISTRATION
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Internet laws and decrees
      • Single gateway policy
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
    • LAO TELECOM
    • ETL
      • Overview
      • Fixed-line operations
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed-line subscribers – 1995 - 2006
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Historic - WLL (fixed wireless) subscribers – 2004 - 2015
    • FIBRE NETWORKS
      • Table Historic - Fibre network by installed route length
      • Table Historic - Fibre network by operator
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Satellite (LaoSat-1 project)
      • Terrestrial cable links
      • Other Developments - PoPs
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • BACKGROUND
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MARKET STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Table Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) –2008 - 2023
      • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2009
      • Table Internet users and Penetration – 1998 - 2017
      • Table Internet bandwidth capacity – 2002 - 2018
      • Table Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity – 2015 – 2018
      • Table Historic - DSL subscribers – 2007 - 2015
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • DSL
      • WiMAX
      • Optical fibre
      • Satellite
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Table Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) –2007 – 2023
      • Table Historic - mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1995 - 2006
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Table Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) –2011 - 2023
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE SERVICES
    • LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE) / 4G SERVICES
      • Table Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile operators and Systems
      • Table Mobile subscribers and market share by operator – 2018
    • LAO TELECOM (LTC)
    • ETL
      • Table ETL's mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2018
    • BEELINE CAMBODIA
      • Table Beeline's mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Beeline's mobile ARPU – 2011 - 2016
    • UNITEL
      • Table Unitel's mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • SKY TELECOM
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Historic - Key broadcasting statistics - 2016
    • DIGITAL TV
    • VOIP
  • RELATED REPORTS

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