The Brunei Darussalam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation. Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.
This report looks at the telecommunications market in Brunei Darussalam. A small wealthy nation in South East Asia, Brunei made early moves to ensure that it was delivering up to date telecommunications services to its population. The target of 100% digitalisation was achieved in 1995. Telecommunications infrastructure and services throughout Brunei are of a generally high standard and the country ranks well in Asia in terms of both telecom service penetration and infrastructure facilities. Brunei’s mobile penetration, which stood at a reasonably healthy 32% by end-2001, has continued to grow strongly and coming into 2009 it reached 100%.
Despite enjoying one of the highest standards of living in Asia, Brunei’s economic growth has not matched its population growth. As a consequence, GDP growth has been slower than the regional and global averages. GDP growth declined from 4.5% in 2006 to a little over 0.5% in 2007. By early 2009 the global economic crisis had had limited impact on Brunei, mainly because the country was not heavily exposed to the global capital markets. The country’s banks were also well placed to manage any period of economic difficulty. Further stability had been provided by the government’s October 2008 guarantee of all Brunei dollar and foreign currency deposits until the end of 2010.
It is not surprising that the citizens of Brunei are strong consumers of telecom services, given the level of encouragement from the government. Despite this, if the country is to continue to maintain the pace required to be globally competitive, it must further restructure and generally liberalise the local telecom industry. Brunei’s telecom regulator, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AiTi), was established and in January 2003.
The local market continues to be dominated by Jabatan Telekom Brunei, the incumbent telco that remains a division within the Ministry of Communications (MoC). In a significant move, the Department of Economic Planning and Development announced in March 2006 that the corporatisation of JTB had been approved. A step in the right direction; however, much remains to be done in the area of sector reform.
Brunei - key telecom parameters - 2008 - 2009
Total number of subscribers173,00070,000
Fixed-line penetration (population)19%18%
Total number of subscribers118,50019,500
Internet subscriber penetration (population)5%5%
Internet subscriber penetration (household)24%28%
Total number of subscribers402,900450,000
Mobile penetration (population)101%110%
Note: 1Estimates for both 2008 and 2009.