The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) retained Nathan Associates to help the government of Lao PDR understand trade obligations with respect to telecommunication services, as well as the gaps that existed between the legal framework and the obligations under ASEAN and WTO frameworks.

Nathan reviewed the telecommunications sector in detail; evaluated the main telecommunications firms, the degrees of market competition, and current telecom regulations; and provided an institutional assessment of the telecommunications regulator.

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