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Brunei Darussalam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

March 2020 | 55 pages | ID: B786AA45E414EN
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Brunei taking steps to improve the unified national telecom network

Brunei is a small and wealthy nation in South East Asia, with a population of about 430,000. Telecommunications infrastructure and services throughout the country are of a generally high standard, bolstered by a high GDP per capita which has allowed for considerable investment in networks and services.

In BuddeComm’s Asian Telecoms Maturity Index, which measures the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of the 34 countries in Asia, Brunei is ranked 10th with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 55.4 (out of 100).

In 2019 Brunei’s telecom infrastructure was regrouped under a single entity, the Unified National Networks (UNN). The networks of the three telcos (Telekom Brunei, Datastream Technology, and Progresif Cellular), all owned by Darussalam Asset, were incorporated within UNN and each now provides retail services with equal access to the national network, which became a subsidiary of Darussalam Asset. The Brunei International Gateway (BIG) also came under UNN’s umbrella.

During the last five years the number of mobile subscribers has increased steadily, though growth has slowed in response to higher penetration. Growth during the next few years will be supported by lower pricing for end-users expected to result from the UNN, as well as the launch of 5G services in 2021. These developments will also boost the mobile broadband sector.

Key developments
  • UNN created to provide a national telecom infrastructure;
  • All three telcos granted global licenses.
  • 5G services anticipated in 2021;
  • TelBru rebrands as Imagine, launches mobile services;
  • Number Portability services are launched;
  • Brunei gains access to telecom services via the Kacific-1 satellite;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report

Imagine (Telekom Brunei/TelBru); DSTCom; B-Mobile; Progresif (Progresif Cellular); Darussalam Assets
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Market analysis

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Telecom Sector Liberalisation
5.3 Privatisation
5.4 Regulatory developments

6 MOBILE MARKET

6.1 Mobile statistics
6.2 Mobile broadband statistics

7 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

7.1 Broadband statistics
7.2 National Broadband Blueprint
7.3 Brunei International Gateway (BIG)
7.4 High Speed Broadband (HSBB)
7.5 Wi-Fi

8 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

8.1 Imagine (Telekom Brunei/TelBru)
8.2 DST Group
8.3 Progressif (Progresif Cellular/B-Mobile)

9 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

9.1 National telecom network
9.2 International Infrastructure
9.3 Data centres
9.4 Smart infrastructure

10 DIGITAL ECONOMY

10.1 e-Services

11 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

12 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES, CHARTS AND EXHIBITS

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Brunei 2020 (e)
Table 2 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 3 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator 2009 2019
Table 4 Change in the share of mobile subscribers by operator 2009 2019
Table 5 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 2019
Table 6 Change in the market share of prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 2019
Table 7 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2024
Table 8 Change in handset and USB dongle mobile broadband penetration - 2012 - 2019
Table 9 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 10 Growth in international internet bandwidth 2009 - 2017
Table 11 Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity 2009 2024
Table 12 Historic - DSTCom mobile subscribers 1999 2009
Table 13 Historic - Progresif - mobile subscribers 2005 2009
Table 14 Historic - Mobile subscribers by operator 2005 2009
Table 15 Historic - Share of mobile market share by subscribers 2005 2009
Table 16 Historic - International internet bandwidth 1999 - 2009
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index South East Asia
Chart 4 Mobile, mobile broadband and fixed broadband penetration 2019; 2024
Chart 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 6 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator 2009 2019
Chart 7 Change in the share of mobile subscribers by operator 2005 2019
Chart 8 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 9 Change in the market share of prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 10 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2024
Chart 11 Change in handset and USB dongle mobile broadband penetration - 2012 - 2019
Chart 12 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 13 Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity 2009 2024
Chart 14 Mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries benefitting from the Kacific-1 satellite
Exhibit 1 Key market characteristics by market segment
Exhibit 2 South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Major submarine cables with landing points in Brunei


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