NBTC TO REGISTER LAO MOBILE PHONE USERS

Economy June 13, 2016 01:00

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The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will develop a system for registering mobile phone subscribers in Laos as part of a plan to promote national security cooperation between the two countries.



The NBTC and Laos’s Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) signed an agreement in February to cooperate on telecoms cooperation issues.
The NBTC will invest Bt7 million for the system, which will allow mobile phone users to use their fingerprint and ID to register via applications for mobile phones, tablets and computers.
Takorn Tantalite, secretary-general of the NBTC, said last week that the system is expected to be completed this year.
Bounsaleumsay Khennavong, permanent secretary of the MPT, said MPT hopes that the new system would help it speed up registration of mobile phone subscribers with complete information.
Laos has 5 million mobile phone users out of its 6.5 million population. 
About 60 per cent have already registered their phone numbers but the registered information is still not complete. 
The new system will help MPT register mobile phone users again with complete data.
 
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DTN’s operating margin is expected to continue improving, reflecting the regulatory cost saving arising from the larger subscriber base. 
DTN is expected to use about Bt56 billion for capital expenditures over 2016-18. – The Nation