A network tower standing tall along the Telisai-Lumut highway. Image: The Bruneian

The network infrastructure of all existing telecommunication operators – Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru), DST, Progresif Cellular and Brunei International Gateway (BIG) – will be operated under a new corporate formed recently.

The new company, Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd (UNN), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd and is currently working in partnership with Deutsche Telekom Group to operate the infrastructures.

Darussalam Assets announced this via a press statement today, adding that the move was made to accelerate the nation’s digital agenda towards fulfilling its Vision 2035.

In light of the move, all existing companies will focus on retail operations, providing competitive fixed and mobile services to customers and will have equal access to the network infrastructure provided by UNN.

Over time, consumers can expect substantial improvements in the wider availability and quality of key services at more affordable prices, supported by a state-of-the-art and fully secured integrated network.

In the immediate term, there will not be any change in prices or degradation of network services.

Darussalam Assets said that the development of the ICT sector is critical to creating an ecosystem which supports Brunei’s long-term digital transformation and the aims of Brunei’s Vision 2035.

The establishment of UNN is a major milestone along the ICT transformation journey as Brunei progresses towards a more connected and digitally integrated future.

The incorporation of the UNN with all telecommunication infrastructure was signified via a joint statement between the second Minister of Finance and Economy Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Amin Liew, who is also a Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof.

Both ministers also highlighted the importance for Brunei to create a state-of-the-art, fixed-mobile convergent network, and for UNN to provide training and assistance to ensure full Bruneianisation and continue building on the foundations for economic diversification and creation of gainful employment.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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