| Khal Baharulalam & Izah Azahari |
CUSTOMERS of Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru)’s broadband service will see a big change in terms of pricing plans for their Internet subscriptions beginning March 1, 2015.
This major transformation, which is in line with Brunei Darussalam’s National Broadband Policy aspirations to promote accessibility and affordability, was announced yesterday by TelBru’s Chief Marketing Officer Lim Ming Soon, at a press conference held at TelBru’s Headquarters Office at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex.
The new rates will be almost 40 per cent lower than the current broadband plans as the initiative is to enable all Bruneians to access world-class broadband technology at more affordable rates.
Bearing the concept of “you use less, you pay less”, this change will entitle customers to a certain amount of data quota for their selected bandwidth.
Lim elaborated that once the data quotas of the selected plans have been used up, customers will not lose their Internet connection but rather have their bandwidth reduced.
“For example, customers will enjoy the low monthly rental of $39 with 45GB of data,” he explained. “However, once that 45GB of data is used up, customers will still be able to use their Internet connection, but at a controlled (slower) speed.”
In light of this new policy, TelBru will introduce top-up plans for customers who are in need of extended data quota. Upon finishing their bandwidths, customers may purchase a top-up plan of their choice to restore the reduced bandwidth to its original speed, as per originally subscribed.
However, there will be a price cap for plans with bandwidths from 1Mbps to 10Mbps – where customers will pay no more than $280 a month, regardless of the frequency of top-up plans they intend to purchase. These top-up plans may be purchased via TelBru’s eBill online or eBill mobile app.
The top-up plans that will be made available are 10GB at $8, valid for 7 days; 20GB at $15, valid for 14 days; and 40GB at $25, valid for 21 days.
The announcement paves the way for subscribers to plan and choose packages suitable to their monthly data usage prior to its implementation on March 1.