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Brunei adopts best ICT practises,policies
BRUNEI’s involvement in regional and international info-communications technology (ICT) organisations has enabled it to emulate and adopt best practices for the country’s ICT policy, a senior official said yesterday.
“Brunei Darussalam views our involvement in regional and international organisations
like the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and International Telecommunications Union
(ITU) with great significance,” said Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato
Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, permanent secretary of MInistry of Communications.
In a speech delivered at the opening of the 11th Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT
Development Forum (ADF-11), Abd Mutalib said joining ICT organisations has allowed
the Sultanate to build its human resources and gain expert advice that shaped its ICT
policies and regulations.
One such policy is the National Broadband Policy which was launched in May and
formulated by the Ministry of Communications and the Authority for Infocommunications
Technology and Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), in collaboration
with the ITU.
The policy aims to increase mobile broadband household penetration to 85 per cent, and
also provide access download speed of at least two megabits per second (mbps) to 95
per cent of the population by 2017.
The formulation of the national broadband policy is an ITU initiative which aims to help
the government set out overarching policy initiatives and goals broadband development.
Abd Mutalib said Brunei has also gained “substantially” in various areas of ICT
development since joining APT in 1986. Thanks to its membership to APT, Brunei
became one of the three parties aligned with the APT 700MHz bandwidth plan.
The 700 MHz band is said to offer large bandwidth of spectrum that improves data rates
for mobile broadband and the propagation characteristic of the spectrum band enables
wider coverage and improved indoor service.“In this regard, the APT has given us the opportunity to gain better understanding in
addressing current issues pertaining to this band plan,” he said.
Abd Mutalib said ICT has become an integral part of society and a facet of our daily lives.
“For something that is able to influence the way we work, live and play, ICT is certainly
an enabler for growth in various sectors of the economy,” he said.
ICT industry participants from the region gathered together in the Sultanate for a two day
forum which ends today. Inputs from the forum will be presented at tomorrow’s
ministerial meeting.
Courtesy of The Brunei Times