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Unified National Network (UNN) is set to expand the country’s mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) over the next 30 months starting September, as part of its responsibility to modernise the existing telecommunication infrastructure.

The RAN project mainly includes the consolidation of the tower infrastructure previously managed by DST and Progresif and the deployment of up to 120 new sites to increase coverage in rural areas and capacity in densely populated areas.

The project will modernise the equipment on site and comes along with modern operational practices, said UNN in a statement.

“Due to steadily increasing demand in mobile data all over the country, additional radio spectrum will be added (especially for 4G) to increase the capacity of the network and ultimately the customer experience,” it said.

The development also enables UNN to improve the coverage of the existing network base stations nationwide in the near future by adding low frequency carriers of 700 and 900 MHz, giving better coverage in remote locations and within buildings.

As the project involves hardware and software changes on each base station, service intermittence or downtime is expected to last about 10 minutes to two hours, affecting mobile users in the respective location, independent of service providers DST, imagine and Progresif.

However, this usually applies only to one base station in an area whereby service within the coverage area of that specific base station will be taken over by the neighbouring station.

UNN, along with its partners DST, imagine and Progresif will work closely to inform members of the public on the main areas of impact during the duration of the project via verified channels including social media and the UNN website.

For further enquiries on this project, members of the public can reach out to their respective service providers’ customer care hotline at 111 for imagine, 151 for DST and 177 for Progresif.

As the wholesale provider of Brunei’s telecommunications network infrastructure, UNN will continue to implement innovative approaches to support the rapidly evolving industry with reliable infrastructure and services.

“As part of our long-term plan, it is our hope to enable the Gigabit society and initiatives for the Smart Nation, aligned with our vision and mission which aims to create a modern and cost-efficient digital platform in support of Wawasan Brunei 2035 and the ICT transformation journey,” concluded the government-linked company. – Analisa Amu



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