Telecommunication in Laos

Compared to the European Union, Laos is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +856, there were a total of 5.85 million connections in 2019. Among them were 4.36 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.61 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Laos is back. Around 26% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 1,532 webhosts, Laos is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that on average every inhabitant has more than one subscription.

Spread of internet connections in Laos 1990 - 2017

Broadband internet in Laos 2003 - 2019

Landlines in the years 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones in Laos 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019Laos
Broadband users76,280.001.06 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines1.49 m20.79 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars4.36 m60.84 %547.36 m122.31 %