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Brunei Darussalam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

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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.

Executive summary

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 an already healthy 32% by 2001, has continued to grow strongly and coming into 2010 it had reached a penetration of 105%.

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 seemed to have 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. Nevertheless, the country was certainly not isolated from what was happening globally; the fall in oil prices triggered by the global economic crisis saw Brunei’s GDP fall by 1.5% in 2008. The economy recovered sufficiently for GDP growth of 0.2% in 2009. The IMF forecast GDP would grow by 0.6% in 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 in 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 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 - 2009 - 2010
Category20092010 (e)
Fixed-line services:
Total number of subscribers180,50080,000
Annual change0%-1%
Fixed-line penetration (population)19%18%
Total number of subscribers132,00040,000
Annual change34%25%
Internet subscriber penetration (population)8%10%
Internet subscriber penetration (household)46%58%
Mobile services:
Total number of subscribers426,300450,000
Annual change6%5%
Mobile penetration (population)105%109%
(Source: BuddeComm)
Market highlights:

Brunei’s booming mobile market reached a penetration of 105% in early 2010;
Around 85% of Brunei’s Internet subscribers have high-speed broadband access;
Fixed-line penetration in Brunei, having reached a healthy 26% by 2001, has been in decline since then and had slipped to around 19% by 2009;
Reports in 2009 suggested that Brunei had managed to limit the damage the global financial crisis might otherwise have caused to the local economy.This report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in telecommunications and digital media markets in Brunei Darussalam. Subjects covered include:
Key Statistics;
Market and Industry Overviews;
Regulatory Environment;
Major Players (fixed and mobile);
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Internet services including broadband;
Digital Media.

  • Executive summary
    • Table Brunei - key telecom parameters - 2009 - 2010
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics Brunei Darussalam - 2009
    • Table Telephone network statistics - June 2010
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2009
    • Table Broadband statistics - June 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - June 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • Telecommunications market
    • Overview of Brunei's telecom market
    • Brunei's economy
  • Regulatory environment
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Brunei
    • Privatisation
  • Fixed network operators in Brunei
    • Telekom Brunei Bhd (TelBru)
      • Services
    • DST Group
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • National telecom network
      • Table Fixed line subscribers and penetration rate - 1990; 1995; 2000 - 2011
      • Telecommunications development project
      • Public payphones
      • GSM payphones
    • International infrastructure
      • Trans-Borneo Optical Cable Network
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table Major submarine cables with landing points in Brunei - 2009
      • Satellite networks
    • Infrastructure developments
      • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
      • Next Generation Networks (NGN)
  • Broadband and Internet market
    • Internet market overview
      • Table Internet users - 1996 - 2011
      • Table Internet subscribers - 1997 - 2011
      • Table International Internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2009
    • Broadband market overview
      • Table Fixed-broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2011
      • Table Broadband subscribers and households - June 2010
  • Digital economy
    • E-Services
      • E-Commerce
      • E-Government
      • BruCERT
  • Digital media broadcasting
    • Table Key broadcasting statistics − 2009
    • Broadcasting Act
    • Broadcasting standards
    • Radio Television Brunei (RTB)
    • Kristal TV
    • Satellite TV
  • Mobile communications
    • Overview of Brunei's mobile market
      • Table Mobile subscribers - 1995 - 2011
      • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - March 2009
      • Table Prepaid mobile subscribers and market share - 1999 - 2010
      • DSTCom
        • Table DSTCom mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2009
      • B-Mobile
        • Table B-Mobile mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2009

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