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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 5.59 million connections in 2020. Among them were 4.10 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.56 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 1,532 webhosts, Laos is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 384 million 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 27.81 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Laos ranked 104th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 23.01 Mbit/second (68th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Laos comes 75th with a download speed of 24.42 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was enough for 57th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 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% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Laos from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Laos 2003 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerLaos is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 34% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 2% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Laos
Total
Laos
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users2.46 m33.80 %379.21 m84.74 %
Broadband users128,000.001.76 %163.72 m36.59 %
Landlines1.49 m20.49 %160.15 m35.79 %
Mobile cellulars4.10 m56.35 %540.56 m120.80 %

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