The Lao People’s Army has awarded the friendship medal to 13 Lao and Vietnamese staff of Laos-based Unitel Company, a joint venture between Lao-Asia Telecom and Vietnam’s military telecoms group Viettel.

The medals were presented at a ceremony held on April 12 in Vientiane.

Addressing the event, Major General Duong Van Tinh, on behalf of Viettel, affirmed the group’s consistent policy to expand investment in Laos to help implement the Vietnam-Laos cooperation strategy in the 2011-2020 period.

Since its establishment four years ago, Unitel, also known as StarTelecom, has become one of Laos’ leading telecom providers, covering most of the country’s provinces and cities, and generating jobs for thousands of people.

Moreover, Unitel has been active in social welfare activities, including providing free Internet connections for more than 600 schools, and funding the building of two hospitals in Attapeu province, among others.

The company was presented the World Communications Award (WCA) for the best communications services in a developing market last year.-VNA