Telecommunications in Brunei

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This article covers telecommunication in Brunei.

Telecommunications[edit]

Telephone[edit]

Telephone service throughout the country is good; international service is good to Southeast Asia, Middle East, Western Europe, and the US[1]

Landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-3 optical telecommunications submarine cable that provides links to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe; the Asia-America Gateway submarine cable network provides new links to Asia and the US; the South-East Asia Japan Cable System linking Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean) (2017) [1]

Internet[edit]

Internet service in Brunei is OK and could be better Brunei has fast connection speeds to servers in SEA but speeds are however slow to servers located outside of SEA and Asia. People have cable internet through Telbru and their ftth system actually have somewhat good internet.

Broadband[edit]

Brunei's Internet service is monopolized by Telekom Brunei. ADSL speeds were ranging from 512 kbit/s to the maximum speed of 1 Mbit/s through ADSL2+ broadband. 1 Mbit/s was introduced in 2006 and priced at BND$128 per month (Equivalent to Singapore currency). It is known that the Brunei's broadband ranging from 512 kbit/s to 1 Mbit/s is one of the most expensive in the world. The limited market in Brunei means that new developments in the telecommunications sector is stagnant. Currently only about 110,000 users out of a population of 380,000 have any connection to the Internet.

In 2002, Telekom Brunei was incorporated become Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru). In 2008, the internet were improved with dramatically with speeds ranging from 1Mbit/s to maximum speed of 5Mbit/s. Price starting from B$65 to B$105 per month respectively.

Bandwidth Plan Charges (BND)
1Mbit/s Value Surf $39/month
2Mbit/s Lite Surf $59/month
3.5Mbit/s Super Surf $79/month
5Mbit/s Premium Surf $105/month

In 2012, Telekom Brunei started deploying its FTTH network capable of 100Mbit/s through a contract awarded to Huawei. It aims to provide FTTH coverage to around 85% of the population by 2017.

In 2016 Telbru drastically reduced the price and increased the speeds of its broadband plans. Due to the fact that a significant number of people were now connected via FTTH and not the old copper cables.[3]

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On the 1st March 2018 Telbru rolled out their new 'high speed' broadband plans[3] They also split the plans which have unlimited quota into 'unlimited plans'[3]

Brunei has the 4th most expensive broadband service in the world[4][5]

Broadband Plans Effective 1st March 2018[3][6]
Type of plan Bandwidth Up To Monthly Charge Quota
Quota Based 10 Mbps $25 50GB
Quota Based 10 Mbps $39 100GB
Quota Based 15 Mbps $59 200GB
Quota Based 20 Mbps $75 250GB
Quota Based 20 Mbps $99 350GB
High Speed Quota Based 30 Mbps $75 50GB
High Speed Quota Based 45 Mbps $135 100GB
High Speed Quota Based 60 Mbps $240 200GB
High Speed Quota Based 100 Mbps $290 250GB
High Speed Quota Based 300 Mbps $350 350GB
Unlimited 30 Mbps $199 N/A
Unlimited 45 Mbps $259 N/A
Unlimited 60 Mbps $339 N/A
Unlimited 100 Mbps $459 N/A
Unlimited 300 Mbps $999 N/A

Television[edit]

  • Terrestrial TV Stations (Free to air)

In some areas residents may enjoy some of the Malaysian TV channels

  1. RTB Perdana (Formerly known as RTB 1 and RTB 5) - An 18-hour national flagship channel of Radio Television Brunei aired news and information programs, with local and sinetron Indonesia series in 1080p HDTV.[7][8][9]
  2. RTB Aneka (Formerly known as RTB 2 and RTB 3 HD) - A 14-hour second channel of Radio Television Brunei airs entertainment programmes in 1080p HDTV.[7][10][11]
  3. RTB Sukmaindera (Formerly known as RTB 4) - A 24-hour international satellite television channel airing all of RTB programs both locally and internationally in 1080p HDTV.[7][12][13]
  • Pay TV (Satellite TV) 1 - Kristal Astro

Radio[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency". www.cia.gov. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  2. ^ ".bn". Wikipedia. 2017-08-27.
  3. ^ a b c d "TelBru introduces new broadband plans – Borneo Bulletin Online". Borneo Bulletin Online. 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  4. ^ "(Forbes) Brunei is the 4th most expensive Broadband service in the world • r/Brunei". reddit. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Niall. "The Most And Least Expensive Countries For Broadband [Infographic]". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  6. ^ (TelBru), Telekom Brunei Berhad. "Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru)". www.telbru.com.bn. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  7. ^ a b c "Radio Television Brunei", Wikipedia, 2018-02-23, retrieved 2018-09-25
  8. ^ "Radio Television Brunei - RTB Perdana". www.rtb.gov.bn. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  9. ^ "RTB Perdana", Wikipedia, 2018-08-12, retrieved 2018-09-25
  10. ^ "Radio Television Brunei - RTB Aneka". www.rtb.gov.bn. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  11. ^ "RTB Aneka", Wikipedia, 2018-08-12, retrieved 2018-09-25
  12. ^ "Radio Television Brunei - RTB Sukmaindera". www.rtb.gov.bn. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  13. ^ "RTB Sukmaindera", Wikipedia, 2018-09-11, retrieved 2018-09-25

 This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook website https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html.