Four companies partner in telecoms provision for railway
Four companies have agreed to provide a provisional communications system and ICT infrastructure for the Laos-China railway being built between Boten and Vientiane.
A contract for the provisional communications system was signed in Vientiane on Monday by Lao Telecom's (LTC) Managing Director, Mr Thavone Somsakoun; Laos-China Railway Project CEO, Mr Zhao Xiang; General Manager of Lao Asia Pacific Satellite, Mr Ding Yongbing; and Chief Technology Officer of Huawei Technologies (Lao) Sole, Mr Sun Lei.
The signing was attended by Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Mr Thansamay Kommasith, along with government officials and representatives of the four companies.
LTC was selected by the Laos-China Railway Project to supply communications systems, telecommunications, and ITC.
LTC is partnering with Lao Asia Pacific Satellite (Lao SAT) and Huawei Technologies (Lao) Sole, which are major players in the telecommunications industry.
The provisional communications system and ICT service project will run for five years, the estimated time it will take to build the railway.
Under the agreement, LTC and its business partners will establish a telecommunications system and ICT to supply the Command Centre and Work Area of the Laos-China Railway Project along with 77 points along the route by installing transmission lines, fibre optic cable, and satellite transmission.
The system will provide services for mobile phones, both 3G and 4G, as well as high speed internet (leased line), video conferencing, and wifi at a total cost of about 22 million yuan (27 billion kip).
The Laos-China railway is a cooperation project between the Lao and Chinese governments, with 30 percent owned by Laos and 70 percent by China.
Construction is scheduled to take five years from 2017-2021, at a total cost of US$5.8 billion.
The railway runs through four provinces on the way to Vientiane, those being Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Vientiane, over a distance of 417 km.
The railway, which will help to turn Laos from a landlocked into a land-linked country, will offer more convenient, cheaper and faster transport and will spur development in trade, investment, tourism and other areas.
It is also important in terms of contributing to socio-economic development, generating revenue and increasing per capita income.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 11, 2017)