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Can Lao Move To A Digital Economy?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a train that you either get on or you’ll find yourself being left far, far behind.

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The Changing Landscape of TV In Laos – Don’t Leave Your Favourite TV Show Behind

Finding your home comforts in Laos isn’t always easy. Your favourite TV shows, however, are not out of reach!

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Telephone Number Registry Checks Planned

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.

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Ministry Bans Sale Of Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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 ….

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Apple Makes Splash With Waterproof iPhones

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 …

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Thai NBTC To Register Lao Mobile Phone Users

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 …

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Deadline For Thai SIM Card Registration !

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 ….

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Lao Apple Watch To Run 15 Minutes Fast

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 ……

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Typing Lao In An Open Source Office Suite

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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No Fast Solution For 3G Improvement

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 ….

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“Talking Tom Cat” Gets Show Of Its Own

“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 …….

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Learn Lao Language On Android

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 ….

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iOS 7: Update Errors And Torturous Download Times ? Here’s Our Tip !

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: …….

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Lao Telecom to launch 4G services

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

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Lao Font, Keyboard Ready For Use On Mobiles

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”…..

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Which Is The Best Mobile Phone Operator in Laos ?

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 ……

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Guru Shop – Sharing Technological Wisdom

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.

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Lao Telecom Firms’ Price-Fixing To Secure Profits In 2012

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.

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Beeline Remains Disconnected As Telecom Operators Maintain Boycott

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.

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