Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Awang Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications launched the 5G Pilot Project at The Mall, Gadong today. 

The 5G pilot project is deployed as commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, and spearheaded by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) with involvement from telecommunications infrastructure and service providers as well as various industry stakeholders and players. The 5G Pilot Project, with the objective of supporting strategic objectives and priorities under the Digital Economy Masterplan 2025, will be deployed from April 2021. This pilot project also aims to demonstrate 5G Proof-of-Concept network environments, promote the value of high-speed 5G mobile communications and create awareness in accelerating 5G adoption.   

From 3rd April to 7th April 2021, members of the public can visit the booth featuring the 5G Pilot Project to experience the significant improvements that 5G can bring. This pilot project is a continuation of a series of activities in an effort to raise awareness on 5G technology which has the potential to improve productivity, enhance virtual experiences and bring us to the next level of digitalisation towards realising the aspiration for Brunei Darussalam as a Smart Nation. 

The Mall, Gadong is one of the five strategic locations where 5G Pilot Project and Proof-of-Concept network has been deployed. Other locations include outdoor coverage at the Airport Mall, Mulia Hotel and Universiti Teknologi Brunei as well as indoor coverage at Design and Technology Building. The activation of this pilot project will be implemented in phases. 

AITI in collaboration with Brunei Darussalam 5G Taskforce also held a handover ceremony for the 5G Taskforce Report. The taskforce was formed in March 2020 with the objective to facilitate the implementation of 5G, ensure readiness through exploring business models across the vertical industry, and support Smart Nation initiatives to conceptualise and deliver smart services to generate social and economic value for Brunei Darussalam. The 5G Taskforce concluded their work and handed over their Taskforce report to the Minister of Transport and Infocommunications. 

Also in attendance was Yang Mulia Dato Seri Paduka Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Acting Minister of Energy and Chairman of AITI; Yang Berhormat Dayang Siti Rozaimeriyanty Bte Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abd Rahman, Legislative Council and Member of Authority of AITI; Yang Mulia Ir. Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar, Acting Chief Executive of AITI and 5G Taskforce Chairman; Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, AITI Members of Authority, Directors, CEOs, Brunei Darussalam 5G Taskforce Working Group Chairmen and its members.