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Radio Frequency Spectrum

Radio Frequency Spectrum
Radio frequency spectrum is a finite natural resource which needs to be efficiently planned and managed. Demand for usage of the spectrum is increasing with technology continuously improving.
As a regulator of the Info-Communication Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam, the Authority for Info-Communication Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) is responsible for the management of the radio frequency spectrum. AITI ensures maximum and efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum nationally by planning, regulating and administering as well as internationally coordinating the use of the radio frequency in accordance to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Recommendations.
To ensure management of interference on a regional level, AITI is a member of the Frequency Assignment and Coordination, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam (FACSMAB). This is a meeting held monthly between the regulators of the info-communication technology industry of Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. Also present in these meetings are representatives from the Ministry of Defence of each country. The objectives of these meetings include regional frequency coordination as well as the developments of Info-communications Technology worldwide.
AITI is responsible for the management, allocation and use of the radio frequency spectrum.
AITI is also responsible for the following:
·         To plan and manage National Spectrum effectively.
·         To foresee re-farming of spectrum for better utilisation.
·         To recognise better usage of national spectrum allocation where possible.
·         To recognise areas of improvement.
·         To make informed decisions in spectrum allocation for both existing and new services.


To make informed decisions in spectrum allocation for both existing and new services.



The radio frequency spectrum is divided into frequency bands allocated to various radiocommunication services in Brunei Darussalam including fixed, mobile, broadcasting, aeronautical, maritime and satellite communication services.





Application Process 


To apply for Frequencies and Station Licences, applicants are required to fill in and submit the completed Frequency application form and AITI Licence application form together with the following documents:-



·             Cover letter 
·         Equipment Technical Specifications
·         Network Diagram 
·         Antenna Radiation Pattern


AITI will only process complete application forms with signature together with payment of the requisite fees and submission of required documents.


Once all the complete required forms and documents are received, frequency technical analysis is performed to ensure that no interference occurs to the existing radiocommunication equipment in Brunei Darussalam.


To ensure management of interference on a regional level, AITI will coordinate with Malaysia and Singapore in the monthly FACSMAB meeting and the application is subject to approval from FACSMAB Members. The applicant will be informed in writing if the application is approved. To facilitate the coordination process, it is advised that the applicant to submit the full application before FACSMAB meeting. Click here or more information on FACSMAB[YMY1] 


The table below shows monthly deadlines for submission of Frequency applications which are subject to border coordination at FACSMAB Meetings, for the year 2018. Frequency applications which are received after the deadline shown shall be carried forward to the next FACSMAB meeting.



Coordination Month




8 January


5 February


12 March


2 April


7 May


​4 June


9 July


31 July


10 September


1 October


5 November


3 December



The Frequency application and the Station Licence application are summarized below:

·         Download Frequency Application Form
·         Download Station Licence Application Form
Radio Frequency Spectrum Fees
On 1st January 2012, AITI implemented Spectrum fees for the usage of Radio Frequency Spectrum.
The objective of introducing Spectrum fees are:-
·            To ensure efficient use of Radio Frequency Spectrum
·            To reduce spectrum hoarding
·            To ensure fair opportunities to spectrum access
·            To encourage introduction of new technologies


The fees have been divided into four categories as shown below:-
1.    Short Term
2.    Medium Term
3.    Long Term

For details on fee categories and formulae for calculating the categories mentioned above click here.












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