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Telecommunications Development in Asia$
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John URE

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099029

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099029.001.0001

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(p.339) 18 Laos
Telecommunications Development in Asia

John Ure

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter focuses on the telecom market structure of Laos. The “New Economic Mechanism” (NEM) allowed for the entry of foreign strategic investors into the mobile-cellular market and encouraged foreign participation in joint ventures with the government in competition with Enterprise Telecom du Lao (ETL) and Lao Telecom (LTC). Shinawatra (Thailand) was the first, being granted a licence in 1993 to operate a GSM mobile network in Vientiane, and then formed the government joint venture Lao Telecom (LTC) in 1996. Overall, Laos has benefited from the partial privatization of the LTC and from the opening of the mobile-cellular market.

Keywords:   telecom market structure, Laos, Enterprise Telecom du Lao, ETL, Lao Telecom, LTC, Shinawatra Corporation, mobile-cellular market

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