First submarine cable launched

Telcotech, a subsidiary of local internet provider Ezecom, officially launched Cambodia’s first undersea fibre-optic communications cable on March 15 after nearly two years of construction, promising faster, cheaper and more secure internet connectivity. The 1,300-kilometre-long Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand cable connects the three countries to the existing Asia-America ...

Telecom committee turns down TOT’s plan for 4G partnership

TOT’S search for a strategic partner to launch fourth-generation cellular services on its 2.3-gigahertz band hit a snag on February 21 when the telecom committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission rejected its revised business plan. Pravit Leesatapornwongsa, a member of the NBTC, said the ...

NBTC moves to regulate over-the-top operators for fairness’ sake

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission broadcasting committee has studied ways to draw up rules to regulate the fast-rising over-the-top segment to expose all content broadcasters to the same equal treatment and regulations. OTT is the delivery of media content such as films or TV programmes ...

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 dot.la (based on its country code) was ...

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