Lao Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone Chanyalath presents the Labour Order to Unitel Director Cao Anh Son (Photo: VNA)  

Vientiane (VNA) – The telecommunication company Star Telecom (Unitel), a joint venture between Lao Asia Telecom and Viettel Global, received the Labour Order and a certificate of merit from the Lao State on the occasion of its 10th founding anniversary (April 1, 2008) in Vientiane on May 29.

Lao Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone  Chanyalath presented the second-class Labour Order to Unitel in recognition of its significant contributions to the socio-economic development in Laos.

He described the company’s achievements as active contributions to nurturing and enhancing the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries’ Parties, Governments and peoples.

On the occasion, the Lao Ministry of Defence also honoured Unitel’s outstanding individuals.

Unitel has helped the telecom industry in Laos develop faster over the past 10 years, not only serving the Lao State and Government but also the local social services.

Director of Unitel Cao Anh Son said Unitel is now the biggest telecom provider in Laos with over 1,500 Vietnamese and Lao employees and 2.9 million mobile subscribers, making up 52 percent of the market shares.

The company’s accumulative revenues have reached 1.3 billion USD, contributing over 350 million USD to the Lao State budget.

Unitel boasts over 6,000 stations in charge of 95 percent of 2G/3G/4G network coverage across Laos.

The company is a symbol of successful cooperation between the two armies in particular and the two countries in general.

It has actively sponsored a lot of programmes worth up to 13 million USD including the internet development project for Lao schools.

Son thanked the Lao Party and State for their recognition and pledged to develop Unitel into a leading business in promoting cooperation between the Vietnamese and Lao governments.-VNA