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Laos - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

August 2020 | 85 pages | ID: L07CF349539EN
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The Laos - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Laos investigates m-payment platforms to promote digital economy

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 its telecom infrastructure. As a result, it has attracted greater foreign investment into the sector.

The provision of fixed broadband services is low, which is of major concern for the overall social and economic development of the country. Services are limited in scale and reach, partly due to the meagre footprint of fixed-line services and partly due to the dominance of the mobile platform, which provides the bulk of voice and data connectivity.

The mobile sector has gone through a difficult period, and though subscriber growth has picked up to some extent following a three-year slump up to 2018, the MNOs operate in a tightly regulated environment with little latitude on pricing and competition.

The mobile broadband sector has expanded rapidly in recent years as the reach of LTE infrastructure has been expanded. While mobile broadband penetration remains low for the region, this provides an opportunity for further growth during the next few years.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • ASEAN Digital Hub project providing greater international capacity for Laos;
  • MPT examines m-payment platforms;
  • Mobile subscriber penetration recovers from dip in 2018;
  • Unitel continues with 5G trials;
  • Rapid expansion of mobile broadband services seen on the back of large-scale LTE;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market report for 2018, ITU statistics for 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

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

2 REGIONAL ASIAN MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Market analysis

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Regulatory authorities
6.2 Fixed-line developments
6.3 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile content and applications

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Market overview and analysis
8.2 Market statistics
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 E-government
9.2 E-health

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

10.1 Overview
10.2 Lao Telecom
10.3 ETL

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure

12 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

13 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Laos 2020 (e)
Table 2 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 3 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 4 Change in the number of base stations in service by technology 2015 - 2018
Table 5 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 - 2025
Table 6 Change in the number of Beeline's mobile subscribers 2008 - 2017
Table 7 Decline in Beeline's revenue and EBITDA 2012 - 2017
Table 8 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 9 Growth in the number of DSL subscribers 2007 - 2020
Table 10 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2010 - 2020
Table 11 Growth in the number of fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 12 Decline in the number of fixed-line subscribers 2014 2021
Table 13 Telephony network capacity by technology 2014 2018
Table 14 Increase in internet bandwidth 2010 - 2019
Table 15 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1995 - 2009
Table 16 Historic - Mobile operators and systems - 2009
Table 17 Historic - Beeline mobile subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 18 Historic - Beeline's mobile ARPU 2011 - 2016
Table 19 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers 2003 - 2009
Table 20 Historic - Internet users and Penetration 1998 - 2016
Table 21 Historic - Internet bandwidth capacity 2002 - 2009
Table 22 Historic - Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity 2015 2017
Table 23 Historic - Fibre network by installed route length 2010 - 2014
Table 24 Historical - Fixed-line subscribers 1995 - 2006
Table 25 Historic - Fibre network route length by operator 2012; 2014
Table 26 Historic - WLL (fixed wireless) subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 27 Historic - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2007 2009
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index South East Asia
Chart 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 6 Change in the number of base stations in service by technology 2015 - 2018
Chart 7 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 - 2025
Chart 8 Decline in Beeline's revenue and EBITDA 2012 - 2017
Chart 9 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Chart 10 Growth in the number of fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country


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