The Bank of the Lao PDR (BOL) has issued licences authorising two companies to trade in cryptocurrencies, namely Lao Digital Assets Exchange (LDX) and Bitqik.Read more
The government has declined a request by the Phousy Group to purchase a major stake in a leading Lao bank, the Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public (BCEL).Read more
Telecom operators plan to cut the charges for voice calls by 15 percent, as well as increase internet speeds, so that people can study online and work from home more easily during the Covid-19 outbreak.Read more
Spotify has announced an expansion to over 80 new locations around the world, including Brunei, Laos and Cambodia.Read more
Luang Prabang province has begun the first steps in becoming a Smart City through the creation of e-government practices.Read more
Several areas of Vientiane have been designated for development as “smart zones” through the use of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in the development of the capital.Read more
The authorities have postponed Sim card registration until the end of June, citing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, with all unregistered Sim cards to be disconnected from July 1.Read more
“Say Lao-Eng´”, a programme for translating from Lao to English and from English to Lao on mobile phones, is the country’s first voice app that is now available on Google Play Store.Read more
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a train that you either get on or you’ll find yourself being left far, far behind.Read more
Source: Laos News Gaming has grown immensely in popularity since the turn of the century, but how fast is itRead more
Lao authorities have established a new mechanism to address cyberbullying as increasing numbers of people are using social media as a tool to defame others onlineRead more
Lao Telecommunications Public Company (Lao Telecom) has officially launched the 5G system, which is the first network in Laos.Read more
Some cafés found operating without a licence as well as some open for online gaming and gambling or selling drugsRead more
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has issued a notice urging phone users to re-register phone and internet SIM cards from Jul 1, 2020.Read more
Work on the country’s third longest tunnel at Namor district in Oudomxay province, which is part of the Laos-China Railway Project and has a length of 9020 metres, has been completed.Read more
Experts met to make recommendations on policies and technical standards in the transition from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs).Read more
Laos and Thailand has received a score of 6 out of 10 in internet censorship, on a par with various regional peersRead more
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A plan to create “smart” and “eco” cities in Luang Namtha, and Oudomxay provinces topped the agenda at the government’s monthly meetingRead more
J&C’s “Marketing Over Coffee” is back with its October edition “Brand Health: How is your Brand doing?”Read more
Lao Telecommunications Public Company (Lao Telecom) has begun tests of the new 5G technology, the much-touted high-speed fifth generation communication network.Read more
J&C’s “Marketing Over Coffee” is back with its August edition “Is Your Business Communicating effectively through its Marketing?”.Read more
Government authorities in Laos have ordered the administrators of news outlets carried on Facebook and other social media platforms to register their accounts or face jail time and finesRead more
Online fraud is especially problematic in Southeast Asia, where there is a sharp contrast in ecommerce development between different countries in the region.Read more
Finding your home comforts in Laos isn’t always easy. Your favourite TV shows, however, are not out of reach!Read more
The Department of Radio Frequency under the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications continued discussions on a roll-out of the 5G network in Laos with internet service providers yesterday.Read more
The government has told the National Assembly (NA) that Laos needs to have an electronic signature law in place to boost E-commerce and facilitate E-governance.Read more
Internet users will have a wider choice of service options when the Lao Asia Pacific Satellite Co., Ltd. rolls out 4G wireless throughout the country early next year.Read more
Members of the Lao business sector have recently called for the government to abolish a 10 percent excise tax on internet usage, claiming that Laos remains the only country in Asean to impose the charge.Read more
Lao state and private television broadcasters are being requested to utilise the country’s own Laos-Pacific Pacific Satellite Co., Ltd. (LAOSAT).Read more
Lao police on Friday transferred 104 telecommunications fraud suspects to the Chinese side following a handover ceremony held at Wattay International Airport in Lao capital Vientiane.Read more
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has warned drone owners to seek permission from the relevant authorities before flying their drones – if not, the owners will face penalties.Read more
Bangkok-based rights group iLaw has warned that anyone with pornographic material on their computers or other data deemed illegal could be jailed.Read more
The authorities have warned people using internet services commercially provided by operators in neighbouring countries to refrain from doing so as it violates Lao law.Read more
The Laosat DTH pay-TV platform is bringing BBC news, factual and children’s channels to viewers in Laos, following a deal with the British broadcaster.Read more
A planned review of all mobile telephone numbers registered for use via the nation’s mobile SIM cards is to be led by the Ministry of Post and Communications aiming to ensure records are up to date.Read more
The local online drama ‘On Your Side-the Series,’ produced by Mind Media celebrated after the show’s episodes reached 1 million views through social media last week.Read more
Are you somewhere in Asia and experiencing slower-than-usual Internet speed lately? If so, you might not be alone, and it’s all because of the really rough weather.
A recent report said the two powerful typhoons – Hato and Pakhar – which struck Hong Kong late last month have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes and that it ..
China’s Comba Telecom has vowed to provide Lao users with improved service and mobile experiences after it successfully acquired a majority stake in Laos’s ETL Public Company and stepped up its management improvement efforts.Read more
The Lao government is upgrading payment methods for customs, tax, and other fees at the international customs checkpoint nationwide.
The Ministry of Finance together with …
Thaicom has signed a transponder leasing agreement with MV International Company (MVI), a Thai broadcaster and Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform operator, to establish a pay-TV platform in Laos. Under the multi-year agreement, MVI has signed a contract for Ku-band capacity on the Thaicom 8 satellite.Read more
One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines did before it.
Make no mistake: We’re still probably at ….
Following the success of the reality TV show, WOW Laos Season 1, producers say they will continue the programme for a second season, opening auditions for the casting soon.Read more
Four foreign companies have signed agreements to rent Laos’ first telecommunications satellite (Lao Sat-1) while many other companies have also expressed interest and will monitor the operations of the satellite.
Over the previous year, many foreign companies expressed interest in signing a Memorandum of Understanding to …
The first Lao smart phone brand will be introduced to shops and agencies in Vientiane and the provinces this month after the local investor began displaying the product at the company showroom last week.
The phone branded ‘ALO’ shall enter the local market after …..
Internet users will be able to access online data via smartphones anywhere with mobile telephone signal, including remote areas, through a new system which doesn’t require continuous connection to the internet.
New technology set to be introduced will allow smartphone users to access data connections with only a ….
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications announced on Tuesday that shops and mobile phone distributors nationwide are to stop importing and distributing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
The ministry also instructed retailers to recall any Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones they had sold previously.
An assistant at LTH Samsungt old that sales of the phone had not been discontinued at the ….
Apple on Wednesday set out to make a splash with new waterproof iPhones, a smartphone game starring Nintendo’s beloved “Mario” and a push on wireless headphones
The iPhone 7 and larger iPhone 7 Plus, with new camera technology, improved water resistance and other features, were shown off to applause at an Apple media event in San Francisco.
The flagship devices will be sold at …
The NBTC and Laos’s Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) signed an agreement in February to cooperate on telecoms cooperation issues.
The NBTC will invest Bt7 million for the system, which will allow mobile phone users to use their fingerprint and ID to register via applications for mobile phones, tablets and …
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has noted that the biggest challenge for Laos’ first satellite is to ensure it can gain as much benefit from the space asset as it can after LaoSAT1 was handed over to the government.
The minister stressed the importance of gaining the maximum benefits for the country from the satellite. “In particular, in the economic sense, how can we make profits in order to pay off the ……
It has been a long day for Community Radio Volunteer Ms. Mouddala Keonheun. By the time she arrives at the Lakonepheng Community Radio Station, the sun is already starting to set on the small, square building, rising solidly out of a sparse cow and goat paddock in the south of Laos.
Mouddala is a teacher at the local school. Every day after class she loads her ….
It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a languid atmosphere.
But most of the locals don’t live here anymore. They began an exodus from this seeming Shangri-La after their hometown was listed a ….
Companies in Laos and overseas have expressed an interest in using Laos’ first telecommunications satellite (Lao Sat-1) which was launched into orbit from China on November 21.
“Lao National Television have said they will make use of the satellite while companies in Cambodia and Myanmar have also expressed interest in
Laos is set to launch its first telecommunications satellite (Lao Sat-1) into the 128.5 degrees East orbital slot on November 21, which has been specifically allocated to Laos.
The US$259 million project will be launched from China but the control system will be in Laos after the …..
Laos’ first telecommunications satellite (Lao Sat-1) will be launched into orbit on November 21 to spur many facets of development and industry.
The satellite, which is owned by the Lao Sat-1 Joint Venture Company, will be part of a network of satellites in Laos and overseas that provide various communication services.
It will enhance communication links for government work, television …..
Anyone that has a prepaid SIM in their Thai mobile MUST register their SIM card until next Friday, 31st of July. Failure to do so means your mobile number will unable to use data or make calls when the deadline passes.
Here’s a gentle reminder if one were needed that you have until next Friday the 31st of July to register your prepaid mobile phone number with your operator.
If you don’t, you’ll be unable to make calls or use ….
Last month, Facebook launched a free video calling feature in its Messenger app so you can set up face-to-face conversations with your family and friends with just one tap. Facebook Messenger’s video calling feature started in 18 countries, including Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the U.K., the U.S. and Uruguay.
Facebook Messenger’s free video calling feature has now rolled out worldwide, according to ……
Lao versions of the new Apple Watch are set by default to run 15 minutes faster than those sold in Western territories, according to Apple’s latest press releases in Vientiane today.
Apple have become aware of Lao people’s propensity to turn up late to events, and have decided to try and influence the country to become more punctual.
An Apple spokesman said, “When we expanded our operations into Asia back in ……
As a result of some new technology implemented, Google Chrome and Opera now have beta versions of their desktop and mobile Internet browser software that works well with Lao.
Here are some examples of it working poorly in Firefox and correctly in Google Chrome Beta:
Laos has issued a new law prohibiting online criticism of the government and the ruling communist party, according to state media, setting out stiff penalties for netizens and Internet service providers who violate controls.
The 28-point decree makes Laos the latest Southeast Asian country to implement tough new laws governing use of the Internet.
Under the decree, which will take effect on Oct. 1, netizens will face criminal charges for publishing ….
LibreOffice, an open source office suite, is getting ready to release the upcoming version 4.3, bringing many new improvements.
One thing that you may not be aware of is that for some time now (since version 4.2), LibreOffice has native word detection support for Lao, a difficult feature to implement correctly. This allows for dynamic word-breaking, spell-check, and word count features in Lao that traditionally have not been possible with most office suites in the past without …..
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Internet users who use social media such as Facebook to circulate false information or any use targeting to disrupt social order or undermine security could have their accounts blocked, a minister has said.
The technical officials are working in an attempt to block false information and some accounts that target to tarnish the reputation of individuals, disrupt social order, and tarnish the image of the country and the government.
Facebook has rapidly become popular among users worldwide and in Laos. The number of Lao Facebook users has more than doubled from ….
Telecommunications companies in Laos need to increase the number of towers to improve high-speed third generation (3G) internet services for customers.
According to a 3G engineering official from a telecom company, who spoke to Vientiane Times yesterday and didn’t want to be named, slow 3G internet in Laos was due to a lack of capacity, meaning there is a lack of towers to serve customers.
“It requires a large amount of money to enlarge the 3G service infrastructure and this is what some ….
On-the-ground work on a Lao satellite project kicked off last week, with the expectation of launching the country’s first satellite into orbit by 2015.
A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of a satellite station took place on Friday in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane. Construction of the station is part of the first Lao satellite project (Lao Sat – 1), previously reported to be running at a cost of more than US$250 million.
The state-owned project will be developed with loan money from China, according to a Ministry of Post and Telecommunication senior official in charge of the project. It was previously reported the loan would also ….
A nationwide project to install an underground fibre optic network is set for completion late this month, and will significantly advance telecommunications infrastructure in Laos.
Officials in charge are now finalising the Lao National Transmission Backbone Network project. The state-funded project, developed by the Ministry of National Defence, is set to provide advanced services within the telecommunications sector in Laos.
It is also expected to generate considerable revenue for the state budget by providing services to businesses, which are large consumers of telecommunications services.
“Some companies have ….
The Laotian Ministry of Education and Sports and IIG Education are working together to boost English-language proficiency and information-technology skills among teachers and students to international standards.
The Ministry of Education and Sports will recognise TOEFL primary for use in the current English proficiency assessment system for primary school students in Laos.
The ministry will also approve TOEFL junior for use among lower secondary students, and TOEFL iBT or TOEIC for assessing English proficiency of higher school students aiming for admission to foreign …..
“Talking Tom Cat”, a new talk show to be hosted by well-known singer Phailath Thammavongsa, also known as as “Bob Freeman,” or Bob, will be held at the Lao-Japanese Budo Centre in Vientiane Capital from 21-22 February.
The show will be co-produced by Managing Director of Miracle Lao, Mr Chirasa k Saysanith, and Mr Bob, a singer of KPY Entertainment.
Mr Bob said that his posting a video clip showing a Talking Tom Cat, by using a …….
Sabaidee Magazine, one of Laos’ most popular travel and lifestyle publications, has revamped its design and content to incorporate a new 22-page listings section that can be used as a country guide by locals, expatriates and those passing through on holidays or business.
The new listings detail the best places to eat, drink, shop, sleep and relax in the main cities and visitor hotspots throughout Laos. Sabaidee also outlines a host of activities in their See & Do section that families, couples or friends can get up to.
Another desirable facet of the magazine is the extensive section reviews. Sabaidee’s writers regularly venture out to discover the newest, trendiest and most standout spas, eateries, entertainment venues, shops and ……
A few clicks of the mouse, and your webcam is activated and ready to be used. But have you considered the possibility that someone else could be watching you through your own webcam? The thought of this probably sends chills down your spine, and it should, as this is very real- and extremely creepy.
Hackers utilize a type of software called remote access tool (RAT) that allows them to remotely access a computer as if they were physically there. Though RATs were designed for legal purposes, like allowing a technician to remotely access a user’s computer to troubleshoot problems without having to physically be there, hackers exploit this to …..
The government is drawing up regulations to govern online social media in a move to ensure internet users utilise social networking websites in a constructive manner, a senior official has said.
New regulations that would enable officials to check on those posting incorrect or inappropriate information and photos were expected to come into force this year.
Those found posting incorrect or inappropriate information or pictures would be warned and, if the case lead to serious consequences or was regarded as sensitive, the offenders would be …..
Scrolling through my phone’s app store, I discovered this very cool app teaching the basic of the Lao language.
The developer, Santi Anousaya, created this new app to assist and promote the learning of Lao basic alphabets, vowels, and numbers, all based on 1st grade learning materials. Santi adds that more learning materials (e.g. composite alphabets, composite vowels, accents, etc.) will be added in a future version.
It’s easy to use, not only you can see the Lao letters, but hear the ….
Countries with a less developed film industry such as Laos usually have a stronger documentary scene. Producing documentaries costs less than producing movies. But is not the only reason for this interest in real life storytelling.
There were twelve Lao filmmakers eager to be trained and learn more about the art of documentary filmmaking. The workshop held from September 14th to September 22nd was organized by the LuangPrabang Film Festival and instructed by the Humanitarian Media Agency (HUMA). It was all about this topic: giving the participants the tools to produce a good documentary film…..
Have a box of tissues ready before watching this incredible advertisement from Thai communication provider TrueMove H. The three-minute segment warmed the hearts of thousands since being released and serves as a powerful reminder of the power of being kind without expecting something in return.Read more
Cable Thai Holding (CTH) has formed a joint venture in Laos with two local partners in a move to expand its market.
Kittsanan Ngampathipong, CTH chief executive officer, said the company signed a deal last week to form a joint venture to create CTH SSN Television (Laos) with Lao’s communications and broadcasting business TK Group and broadcaster SSN.
The joint venture will broadcast English Premier League matches as well as CTH’s own content in Laos. It will also enter the broadband Internet business. CTH is comprised of more than 300 cable-TV operators and provides of fibre-optic transmission and Internet broadband. Last year it surprised the market by snatching up the EPL broadcasting rights for …….
Apple has released its latest operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Of course you don’t need to upgrade to iOS 7 immediately. You can bide your time, ignore the hype and just skip the longish wait times you’re are likely to encounter downloading the update during these days. And yes, iOS 6 works fine and should continue to indefinitely. There’s nothing so pressing or fantastic about Apple’s mobile-OS makeover that your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch can’t live without it.
But … it’s a brand new version of iOS! While I personally don’t share your Christmas-in-September enthusiasm (I love my Samsung Galaxy), I can tell you don’t want to wait 🙂
Unfortunately many Apple users in Laos are facing update errors and torturous download times, no wonder, the size of the download is roughly a gigabyte. There is a better, faster and much cheaper way to get your iOS 7: …….
Beeline proudly announced that they have deployed the first fiber-based broadband network, delivering ultra high speed internet connection to homes and offices in Vientiane. According to Beeline, the network is currently undergoing a rigorous testing phase and commercial launch of this exciting technology will be in October this year.
The deployment of the Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) network by Beeline makes Vientiane a member of an exclusive worldwide list of cities which has access to this cutting edge technology.
FTTH is a new technology that allows access to the internet and data transmissions up to 100 Mbps. With FTTH, everyone can get ….
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has moved to clamp down on the sale and use of walkie-talkies after learning businesses are selling the devices without a licence.
The ministry has announced it recently asked its Telecommunications Department to work with provincial offices and other relevant organisations to inspect and better regulate the use of two-way radio transceivers, better known as walkie-talkies.
Individuals and groups are prohibited from importing or using a walkie-talkie without permission. Owners of unregistered walkie-talkies must ….
The state-owned telecom operator Lao Telecommunications Company (LTC) will officially launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology or its 4G service in Laos within the next month.
“We will initially launch the 4G technology at 60 base stations in Vientiane. After this, we will expand the service to the provinces,” the LTC Director General Mr Thongsay Sanexaya said on Wednesday.
“Currently we are busy with the equipment and technology system installation that
Your email account is not accepting your password. Your friends are asking how you got stranded in London and whether you got the money they wired. Your mother wants to know why you are sending out emails with nothing in it, but a link. Surprise, your email has been hacked.
Okay, so you are hacked. Now what? The first step is to regain control. If you are locked……
A Lao font and keyboard are ready for use on android and iPhone operating systems (ios) this year after the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and ICT companies joined forces to make this possible.
Laos will develop a programme to allow Apple, Google, Samsung, Nokia and Microsoft to permanently incorporate the Lao font and keyboard into their systems. “60 to 70 percent of ICT users have requested a Lao font for their mobile, especially smartphones, tablets and ios, so the ministry recognises the importance of using our language with this technology. They have worked with these companies to include it in their systems”…..
When providing our Relocation / Welcome Service, one of the first questions asked by our clients is: “Which mobile phone operator should I choose ?”
A tricky question to answer. It usually depends where in Laos someone spends most of their time and what requirements they have. The main operators are Lao Telecom, ETL, Beeline (ex Tigo) and Unitel. Each provider has different grades & priorities of coverage, but I think it’s fair to say that ……
Driving along Samsenthai road, the black building with white letters reading “Guru Shop” immediately caught my eye. Don’t tell me they opened a spiritual center, I joked to myself. Curious as I am, I turned around and entered the “temple of wisdom”, which turned out to be the latest Apple shop in Vientiane.
“Our goal is to introduce as many people as possible to new technologies and gadgets, and teach them how the gadgets can make their daily lives easier”, explains Eddie Savankham, the owner of Guru Shop.Read more
Lao Telecom operators are forecasting higher earnings this year after agreeing to set the minimum mobile phone call rate at 800 kip per minute.
LTC, ETL, Star Telecom and VimpelCom Lao reached the agreement at the end of last year, saying call rates would not fall below the minimum except on special occasions. This has enabled them to revise their revenue growth forecasts for 2012.Read more
VimpelCom, a major telecom firm operating under the Beeline brand name, yesterday tried to resume connections with other telecom networks in Laos but failed to do so.
Management from the Lao-Russian joint venture yesterday met with top officials from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Vientiane, hoping to seek assistance from telecom authorities to enable Beeline subscribers to connect with the Lao Telecom, Telecom Lao and Star Telecom networks.
The failed connection has had a serious impact on all mobile phone users, who have been unable to contact Beeline subscribers.
Laos has currently four telecom operators (Lao Telecom, Unitel, ETL and Tigo/Beeline) and one “internet only” provider (Planet).
3G internet is available for computers through USB 3G wireless Internet modems and for mobile phone users through 3G simcards. Lao Telecom and Unitel have offered 3G for several years, while ETL just recently launched its 3G services.
In telecommunications, 4G is the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards. It can provide at-home or mobile Internet access across entire cities or countries. Planet Computers is currently the only 4G provider, with connections being offered to Vientiane customers onlyRead more
If you regularly travel to Thailand and want a pre-paid number that won’t expire quickly, choose the ‘happy’ brand of SIM in red packaging (pictured below). You only need to purchase the SIM and it comes with 20 baht call credit with an expiry period of an entire year.Read more
Got an iPhone 4? Ipad? If you are an M-Phone 3G customer you no longer need to cut your original sim card down to size in order to use next generation devices because M-Phone now offers micro SIMs.Read more