A view of DST’s headquarters at Jalan Tungku Link. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

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Brunei’s leading telco DST will be using its two-decade experience and expertise to help Sarawak boost its rollout of affordable high-speed broadband facilities.

An agreement was signed yesterday between DST’s subsidiary, DST International (B) and Sarawak’s SACOFA to mark the start of this joint venture, where documents were exchanged between DST’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni and SACOFA’s Managing Director Mohamed Zaid Zaini.

The signing ceremony was held prior to the closing of the International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (IDECS) which was held for two-days starting July 8 at the Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching.

DST’s Acting CEO Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni and SACOFA’s Managing Director Mohamed Zaid Zaini exchanging the partnership documents with Minister of Transport and Info-Communications Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohammad Yusof and Sarawak’s Chief Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Hj Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Datuk Abang Hj Openg as their witnesses. Image: DST

The partnership was a follow-up to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two companies in 2017 to form a strategic collaboration that aimed at bringing international broadband quality to Sarawak.

The MoU resulted into the establishment of DST-SACOFA Telecommunications Alliance (DSTA), whose business objectives include the acquisition, management, maintenance or provision of network facilities, network service, applications service and content applications service.

Radin Sufri in a statement said: “DST is pleased to enter into Sarawak with the value it brings, not only to Sacofa as its joint venture partner but also extends to Sarawak, as a potential RSP (Retail Service Provider) player,

“We look forward to working together with Sacofa in realising the key objectives of our collaboration, that is to provide high quality and affordable broadband services in Sarawak,

“DSTA is also a platform for DST’s first market expansion outside Brunei and we are excited to have built on our existing cordial bilateral relationship with SACOFA, as our platform for expansion. We hope this partnership can continue to enhance the good bilateral relationship between Brunei Darussalam and Sarawakm” said the acting CEO.

SACOFA’s Mohamed Zaid Zaidi also said he was pleased to have signed the collaboration with DST as it reflects good bilateral relations between Sarawak and Brunei.

“We greatly hope this joint venture with DST further fulfils the agenda of Sarawak-Brunei Darussalam Bilateral Cooperation Committee which we are a part of,” he said.

“This collaboration draws on the strengths of SACOFA as an infrastructure provider and DST as a highly-reputable Retail Service Provider (RSP). By combining our complementing skill-sets and experience, we are confident of good synergy to achieve our objectives which will ultimately benefit Sarawak,”

“When we launched our proprietary FTTx solution SACOFA Open Fibre Infra Access(SOFIA) last year, we focused on ‘openness’ to allow RSPs to enter the Sarawak market using our turnkey platform. This open concept is in line with our corporate mission to promote sharing of facilities,” he added.

Present to witness the signing were Brunei’s Minister of Transport and Info-Communications Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohammad Yusof and Sarawak’s Chief Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Hj Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Datuk Abang Hj Openg.

The Bruneian

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