Local radio needs to innovate and streamline operations

Domestic radio stations have to seek ways to make their operations more efficient while adapting to competition from new media. These issues were tabled for discussion at a meeting of Lao National Radio held on February 16 to review the past year’s performance concerning programme content, ...

Laos, Russian discuss border radio frequency coordination security

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is paying attention to radio frequency coordination along the borders, aiming to secure the frequencies and address national security matters. The MPT, in collaboration with the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communication of the Russian Federation, held a seminar ...

Telecoms giants gear up for 4G

Leading telecom service providers Viettel, MobiFone and VinaPhone are scrambling to put up base transceiver stations and pilot 4G services to be ready to officially offer them this quarter. VinaPhone has been providing 4G services on Phú Quốc Island since November after a year of ...

Authorities to take action against illegal ICT devices

Authorities are set to take action to address illegal and unsafe information and communication technology devices after learning that substandard products have been imported illegally, creating safety concerns. Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Dr Thansamay Kommasith recently issued a Ministerial Decision warning traders to comply ...

NRSA calls for review of media regulatory bill following strong opposition from journalists

Following strong objections from many media groups, National Reform Steering Assembly whips on February 2 advised its media reform committee to revise the contentious media regulatory bill. Kamnoon Sidhisamarn, secretary and spokesman of the NRSA coordination committee, said at a press conference that the whips decided ...

Charter writers oppose press 'reform' attempt

A controversial bill to regulate the media industry proposed by the National Reform Steering Assembly media reform panel could breach the new constitution which supports media self-regulation and independence from state control, a Constitution Drafting Committee member says. Chartchai Na Chiangmai, who is also a CDC ...

LANIC launches full domain management

The Lao National Internet Centre under the auspices of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications officially launched full management and operation of Laos’ internet top-level domain name, dot la (.la) on January 23. Laos’ internet top-level domain name (based on its country code) was ...

MCOT’s plea to import equipment raises doubts

MCOT recently asked the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission for permission to import equipment that it will use in cooperation with True Corp and Advanced Info Service to operate wireless services on its portion of the 2.6 gigahertz spectrum. But a telecom analyst was doubtful ...

16 million pre-activated SIM cards locked

As many as 16 million of the 17 million pre-activated SIM cards that were recalled nation-wide have been locked by service providers on January 15. This was revealed at a meeting organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications in Hà Nội on Thursday to review ...

Myanmar awards fourth telecoms license as mobile market heats up

Myanmar on January 12 awarded its fourth – and final – telecoms license to a joint venture between Vietnam’s telecom company Viettel and two local firms, heating up competition in a rapidly growing market by adding a second majority-Myanmar operator. Military-run Viettel will have a ...

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