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Telecommunication in Laos

Compared to the United States, Laos is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +856, there were a total of 6.12 million connections in 2021. Among them were 4.82 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.65 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 1,532 webhosts, Laos is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 384 of these, or about 25 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 29.09 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Laos ranks 111st in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 26.47 Mbit/second (70th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Laos comes 68th with a download speed of 29.21 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was enough for 24th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Laos from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Laos 2003 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerLaos is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 62 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 2 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

Distribution in 2021Laos
Broadband users150,755.002.03 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines1.30 m17.51 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars4.82 m64.96 %361.62 m108.96 %

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