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BRUNEI

  • "On 1 April 2006, the Telecommunications Successor Company Order, 2001 and Telecommunications Order, 2001 were brought into force. This had the effect of corporatising JTB to become Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) and transferring the role of Telecommunications Authority to AiTi while at the same time bringing AiTi's licensing and enforcement powers into effect..." ---AiTi website
  • "The approach to licensing of activities for AiTi [Authority for the Info-communications Technology Industry]... takes a middle ground approach, with a more generic description of the classes of activities, complimented by a negative list approach to allow AiTi to prohibit specific types of services or method of implementation. This approach strives to retain flexibility and adaptability of the regime towards technological changes, while at the same time retaining sufficient control for the regulator to shape the development of the industry and the deployment of services..." --- "Information on APT Broadband & ICT Brunei Darussalam" for the 2004 meeting of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity in Bangkok, Thailand

  • "MoRA Plans To Set Up WiFi Mosques To Attract More Youths," by Rasidah Hab, The Brunei Times (via BruDirect.com), 18 January 2011: "The Mosque Affairs Department of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) is planning to install WiFi in selected mosques as a way of attracting youths to come to the mosques and participate in their activities... Hj Abd Kahar added... that there would be measures of control over the usage of the WiFi Internet connection. 'When it is time to pray, these youth must participate in mass prayers at the respective mosques. We will switch off the WiFi during prayer times and switch it back on after prayers'..."
  • "Free Wi-Fi at food joints a double-edged sword," by Hadi D. P. Mahmud & Bandar Seri Begawan, The Brunei Times, 21 May 2009: "...Whilst it can be a major inconvenience for a busy restaurant if a customer orders one drink and stays two hours just for the Internet access, what about the cafes whose patrons are meant to stay for long periods of time, for example watching a 90-minute football match, hanging out with friends, or meeting with clients? 'It definitely keeps the customers in and it helps with the business too,' said Kamariah Kamwahi, assistant outlet manager for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. In some cases, she said the longer a customer stays, the more products he will end up ordering..."
  • "Wi-Fi Wave To Sweep Brunei" by Suria Rina, Borneo Bulletin (via Borneo Direct, 15 March 2007): "Forty-five base stations will be built initially across the country and the project is scheduled for completion in the second half of this year. According to TelBru [Telekom Brunei], with WAVE or Wireless Access Via Ethernet, users will only need to locate and connect to any of the WAVE networks using PDAs, laptops or mobile devices with Wi-Fi capabilities to access the Internet anywhere and at anytime at affordable rates..."
  • "Wireless Internet connectivity in demand," by Azaraimy HH, Borneo Bulletin, 1 June 2003: "One of the engines of growth expected for this year is the growth of public hotspots as fixed line, broadband and wireless service providers clambered for a slice of the public wireless LAN services market in the country, even though the market is still very limited... To date, home WLAN usage remains low throughout the country; most vendors are targeting private or public grouping and organisations..."
  • Consultation paper issued by the Authority for Info-Communications in 2004 on whether to allow low-power "walkie-talkies" to use the 460 MHz band, and whether to do so on an unlicensed basis. No announcement of the result of this consultation and the original consultation document was removed.
  • "e-Education Conducive Environment for Transforming Brunei's Educations" by Haji Abdul Rahim Derus, Ministry of Education, presented at the National Summit on the Information Society, 8 September 2005: "The Ministry of Education and all government educational institutions are networked and internet ready; relevant staff, all teacher and students will be given an email account and internet access. School campuses will be wirelessly networked (WiFi connectivity)..."
  • "Building affordable Internet infrastructure - How?" by Any Ley Hian, Brunei Telecom Department, presented at the National Summit on the Information Society, 8 September 2005. This mentions that 40 "Blink Zone" hotspots were established at 40 locations in 2004. The Blink Zone web-page says these hotspots were created by TelBru (Telecom Brunei) on a trial basis and are free of charge. A message from one of the managers on the Borneo Bulletin's opinion page in 2004 says each hotspot is "capable of local file transfer speed of up to 2Mbps." And a press release ("Infosim implements country-wide WIFI monitoring in Brunei with StableNet PME") says the Blink Zones have "ADSL back-ends" and coverage "extends through the entire country..."
  • "High-Tech Hotspots All Over Brunei," Borneo Bulletin, 1 January 2005: "More and more venues nationwide such as restaurants, cafes and office buildings are now Wi-Fi hotspots... With wireless networking becoming commonplace in some homes, some people in the neighbourhood also have put together their own hotspots. Some are kind enough not to secure their network to give their friends and neighbours free access to their network..." No mention of licensing in this article.
  • "In order to make way for the large scale roll out of RFID which is expected in this coming future, Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AiTi) proposed to allocate the [866-869 MHz and 923-925 MHz bands] to be used for RFID [with a power limit of 0.5 watt for unlicensed emitters, starting in 2005]. ---from "Draft APT [Recommendation/Report]: Spectrum Allocation for Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID)," Asia-Pacific TeleCommunity, for the 2nd Meeting of the APT Wireless Forum (5-8 September 2005).

Asia & Pacific - Regional Overview