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Laos - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Laos - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-50 | Pages: 35 | Published: Mar-17
  • Published by: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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Details: Executive summary
Mobile Broadband Drives Growth in a lagging Laos telco marketAfter years of hesitancy, 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. Although the regulatory role still resides within the ministry and is certainly not independent, there has been a growing appreciation of the role of the regulator in the telecom industry. The granting of accession to the WTO was an indication of progress in this respect.
Laos has had mixed success in the roll-out of infrastructure and delivery of services to the general population. Fixed line penetration in Laos remains relatively low via international comparisons. Fixed line penetration increased sharply from 1.7% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2014, however since then it has only increased marginally to 13.8% by 2016.
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.
Internet penetration in Laos remains relatively low, however penetration has increased significantly over the past five years. Penetration increased from 8.8% in 2011 to 14.6% in 2014 and reached 19.5% by 2016. Fixed line broadband penetration is very low, although has grown strongly over the past five years from a very small base. Penetration has increased from 0.1% in 2011 to 0.8% by 2016. The market is forecast to reach between 5% and 8% by 2021.
The countrys mobile sector has been going through a difficult period. Although the mobile market had a long period of particularly sustained growth, especially after 2004/05, after peaking in 2011 mobile subscriber penetration in Laos has been declining. It declined from 66% in 2013 to 57% in 2016. The cellcos are now operating in an environment where the regulator is keeping a tight hold on pricing and open competition is in effect discouraged. A further problem emerging for the mobile operators is that network performance is deteriorating across the board. Unitel with 47% market share and Lao Telecom with 39% market share dominate the market.
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. The introduction of fibre-based broadband, mainly in the rural areas is high on the governments list of development priorities.
Key developments:

Telekom Malaysia arranged to establish a new PoP in Laos in collaboration with the Lao National Internet Centre (LANIC).
Comba Telecom is set to enter the domestic telecoms market and will hold a 25% stake in ETL through Jiafu Holdings.
Despite the difficulties in the mobile sector, mobile broadband continues to expand at a rapid rate.
Unitel launched a 4G service, thereby joining Lao Telecom into the 4G segment;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.


Table of Contents:


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Economy
4.1 WTO accession
5. Telecommunications market
5.1 Market Overview and Analysis
5.2 Historical overview
6. Regulatory environment
6.1 Overview
6.2 Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT)
6.3 Telecommunications Law No. 2 (2012)
6.4 Earlier legislation
6.4.1 Telecommunications Act 2001
6.4.2 National Authority for Post and Telecommunications (NAPT)
6.5 SIM Registration
6.6 Regulatory issues
6.6.1 Internet laws and decrees
6.6.2 Single gateway policy
7. Fixed network operators
7.1 Overview
7.2 Lao Telecom
7.2.1 Overview
7.2.2 Corporate
7.2.3 Fixed-line operations
7.3 ETL
7.3.1 Overview
7.3.2 Fixed-line operations
8. Telecommunications infrastructure
8.1 Overview of the national telecom network
8.2 Fibre Networks
8.3 International infrastructure
8.3.1 Satellite
8.3.2 Terrestrial cable links
8.3.3 Other Developments
8.3.4 LaoSat-1 project
9. Fixed-line broadband market
9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9.1.1 Top level domain name
9.2 Market analysis
9.3 Broadband statistics
9.4 Forecasts - Broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
9.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
9.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
9.5.1 DSL
9.5.2 WiMAX
9.5.3 Optical fibre
9.5.4 Satellite
10. Digital economy
10.1 E-government
10.2 E-health
11. Social media
12. Mobile market
12.1 Market Overview and Analysis
12.2 Mobile statistics
12.3 Mobile broadband
12.4 Forecasts - mobile market - 2016; 2018; 2021
13. Mobile infrastructure
13.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile services
13.2 Long Term Evolution (LTE) / 4G services
14. Major mobile operators
14.1 Operators
14.2 ETL
14.3 Beeline
14.3.1 Mobile operations
14.4 Unitel
14.5 Sky Telecom
15. Digital Media
15.1 Introduction
15.2 Digital TV
15.3 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
15.3.1 VoIP
16. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Laos - 2016
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2016
Table 3 - Broadband and Internet user statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Mobile statistics - 2016
Table 5 - National telecommunications authority
Table 6 - Laos GDP real growth rate - 2006 - 2017
Table 7 - Historical - Fixed-line subscribers - 1995 - 2005
Table 8 - Fixed-line subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Table 9 - WLL (fixed wireless) subscribers - 2004 - 2015
Table 10 - Fibre network by installed route length- 2010 - 2016
Table 11 - Fibre network by operator
Table 12 - Internet users - 1998 - 2015
Table 13 - Households with internet connection - 2005 - 2016
Table 14 - Internet bandwidth capacity - 2002 - 2016
Table 15 - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
Table 16 - Total broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 17 - DSL subscribers - 2007 - 2015
Table 18 - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 19 - Internet bandwidth per user - 2005 - 2015
Table 20 - Selected Facebook data - July 2015
Table 21 - Historical - mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1995 - 2005
Table 22 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2006 - 2016
Table 23 - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 24 - Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 25 - Mobile operators and Systems
Table 26 - Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2016
Table 27 - ETLs mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2016
Table 28 - Beelines mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 29 - Beelines mobile ARPU - 2011 - 2016
Table 30 - Unitels mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 31 - Key broadcasting statistics
Chart 1 - Fixed-line subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Chart 2 - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
Chart 3 - Mobile subscribers and annual change - 2006 - 2016