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Laos - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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  • 93 Pages
  • March 2022
  • Region: Laos
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • ID: 4116405

Mobile Broadband Drives Growth in a Lagging Laos Telco Market

Laos jumps into 5G before achieving widespread 4G coverage

Laos leapt relatively early into the world of 5G with its network trials and launches, but well before being able to build sufficient market penetration with 4G LTE coverage.

Unitel was the first of the country's four mobile network operators to kick things off with 5G trials in late-2019. This followed similar rounds of testing being conducted by parent company Viettel Group's other subsidiaries in Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Yet it was Lao Telecom (TLC) who stole the march on the market leader, unveiling a commercial 5G service in areas of the capital city, Vientiane. LTC has plans to extend the service into regional areas, however the extent to which it is able to do so may be limited by the amount of network infrastructure that is already in place around the country to support an upgrade to 5G (as opposed to the much higher cost involved with installing brand new sites in previously unserved areas). And with the coverage of LTE networks in Laos still some ways off from being any near universal, the speed of that rollout may be less than spectacular.

Table of Contents

  1. Key statistics
    Regional Asia market comparison
    1. Market characteristics
    2. Market Leaders
    3. Market Challengers
    4. Market Emergents
    5. TMI vs GDP
    6. Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    7. Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
  2. Country overview
    Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
    1. Economic considerations and responses
    2. Subscribers
    3. Infrastructure
  3. Telecommunications market
    Regulatory environment
    1. Regulatory authorities
    2. Fixed-line developments
    3. Mobile network developments
  4. Mobile market
    1. Mobile statistics
    2. Mobile infrastructure
    3. Major mobile operators
  5. Fixed-line broadband market
    1. Fixed-line broadband technologies
  6. Fixed network market
    1. Major network operators
  7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    1. National telecom network
    2. International infrastructure
  8. Glossary of abbreviationsRelated reports
    List of Tables
    • Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Laos 2022 (e)
    • Table 2 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Table 3 Mobile voice and data traffic 2013 2019
    • Table 4 Change in the number of base stations in service by technology 2015 2019
    • Table 5 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Table 6 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Table 7 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by access speed 2011 2019
    • Table 8 Change in the number of DSL subscribers 2011 2020
    • Table 9 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2010 2020
    • Table 10 Change in the number of fixed-line subscribers by type 2014 2021
    • Table 11 Change in the number of fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2012 2027
    • Table 12 Fibre network by installed route length 2010 2019
    • Table 13 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1996 2011
    • Table 14 Historic - Mobile operators and systems - 2009
    • Table 15 Historic - Beeline mobile subscribers 2005 2018
    • Table 16 Historic - Beeline's mobile ARPU 2011 2016
    • Table 17 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers 2003 2011
    • Table 18 Historic - Internet users and Penetration 2002 2017
    • Table 19 Historic - Internet bandwidth capacity 2002 2010
    • Table 20 Historic - Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity 2015 2017
    • Table 21 Historic - Fibre network route length by operator 2012; 2014
    • Table 22 Historic - WLL (fixed wireless) subscribers 2004 2014
    • Table 23 Historic - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity 1996 2011
    • Table 24 Historic - Decline in Beeline's revenue and EBITDA (US$ million) 2012 2017
    • Table 25 Historic - Growth in the number of DSL subscribers 2007 2010
    List of Charts
    • Chart 1 Asia Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders
    • Chart 2 Asia Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers
    • Chart 3 Asia Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents
    • Chart 4 Asia Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
    • Chart 5 Asia Mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
    • Chart 6 South East Asia Mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
    • Chart 7 South East Asia Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
    • Chart 8 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Chart 9 Mobile voice and data traffic 2013 2019
    • Chart 10 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Chart 11 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Chart 12 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by access speed 2011 2019
    • Chart 13 Change in the number of DSL subscribers 2011 2020
    • Chart 14 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2010 2020
    • Chart 15 Change in the number of fixed-line subscribers by type 2014 2021
    • Chart 16 Change in the number of fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2012 2027
    • Chart 17 Fibre network by installed route length 2010 2019
    List of Exhibits
    • Exhibit 1 Map of Telecom Maturity Index global ranking among countries in Asia
    • Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
    • Exhibit 3 Asia Market Leaders and market developments
    • Exhibit 4 Asia Market Challengers and market developments
    • Exhibit 5 Asia Market Emergents and market developments

Executive Summary

The Laos - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all relevant research data and analysis. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.