[Vientiane, Laos, December 6, 2021] The General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President Xi Jinping, and the President Thongloun SISOULITH, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party on Friday jointly witnessed the grand opening of the Laos-China Railway on the online meeting. Departing from the north in Kunming, China, to the Vientiane station in the south, the Laos-China Railway is 1035 kilometer long. The railway is of great significance to bilateral economic, social and cultural exchanges as well as the regional connectivity, and make contributions to regional development and prosperity.
Travelling from the China-Laos border to Vientiane capital has shorten from 2 days to 3 hours. Departing from Kunming and arriving in Vientiane can now be achieved in the same day. This is the first railway in Laos, it has changed Laos from a “land-locked country” into a “land-linked country”, boost regional connectivity and supply chain resilience. The business activities and travelling between China and South-East Asia has become more convenient and easier. The railway has bring the country into a new era for the transportation network in the region. The 1035 kilometer long railway will boost the various sectors of the region and help Laos to recover its economic that hit by the Covid epidemic.
Huawei Smart Railway Solution has supported the Laos-China Railway in the digitalization efforts, enabling advances in safety and security across all aspects of the railway, including construction, operations and maintenance. At the same time, Huawei works closely with the Laos telecom operators to build the high-speed network, ensure stable connectivity, the advanced technology has benefited the Laos people and passenger.
“The launching of the Laos-China Railway is a great vision of the leaders of both countries, with the significant efforts of all the workers has made this come true in 5 year time. Huawei worked together with the Laos telecom operators to build the wireless network along the railway. 5G coverage will be available in the short future, that the people can enjoy a more stable, high-speed and smart connectivity. Working in the train and get in touch with friends and families anytime anywhere has become possible. Thanks to their big contribution! After we open the railway, we should open the digital-way, digital-one-belt-one-road.” Said by Dr. Boviengkham VONGDARA, Minister of Technology and Communications of Laos
The project director of Huawei Laos, Somlith Nammanininh said, “This is my great honor to participate in this grand opening and support the ceremony. As a Laotian, I am very excited that finally there is a railway in my motherland, this was out of my imagination a few years ago. I believe the Lao-China Railway will foster the economy, help Laos to integrate into the global market, create more opportunities for the local business and people. As a Huawei people that participate in the network construction of the whole railway, I am very proud of the HUAWEI CLOUD meeting, 5G technology and FTTX solution has ensured the online meeting of this historical moment. I look forward to see the merging of digital technology and modern transportation to bring a good future to the country.”
“Huawei has established in Laos for 23 years. “In Laos, for Laos” is our mission, we have witnessed and participated in this great historical moment. Huawei Laos will continue to make contributions to the digital economy and industry transformation in Laos.”