TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) has completed a major facelift to one of its longstanding structures in Sumbiling with a twist to its old appearance as a step in reshaping its public image and enhancing its qualities for better connectivity in Brunei, a press release stated.
The building, also called Telephone House or ‘Telhouse’ by TelBru denizens, is one of the oldest structures under the organisation, dating back to the early Jabatan Telekom Brunei (JTB) days. Since 1978, the structure comprises three separate buildings; starting with the central main lobby structure still seen today. It was extended in the later years with an addition behind and eventually in front of the existing main lobby structure. These buildings mainly accommodated the office space for staff as well as equipment areas, allocated separately among the three buildings.
Despite being unique amongst TelBru’s numerous structures, Telhouse is the pioneer to leading the company’s movement to change as a whole.
The said structures have been dubbed the ‘Old Block’ in recent years as TelBru made way for the ‘New Block’. Located directly behind the Old Blocks, the New Block houses additional equipment to accommodate the growing development of services.
After being part of the capital for more than three decades, TelBru called for its refurbishment; with a sleek new design fitted with aluminum claddings to emulate modern architecture. Telhouse now catches the eyes of passers-by with its new orange and grey uniqueness and linear design as they head into the capital along Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha.
Construction works for the refurbishing began in June 2013 and has stretched to early 2014, with the finishing touches completed in time for TelBru’s rebranding initiative.
Telhouse now accommodates more than 300 TelBru officials and staff ranging from a number of departments and units such as Access Networks, Network Systems, Information Technology, Product Development, Human Resources and more.
Steering away from the dated blue and red colour scheme, TelBru now dons a refreshing new identity of an orange and grey palette; symbolising the change of times and its adaptive shift towards the new era of telecommunications and technology, keeping in mind the prime objective of achieving enhanced connectivity for the Sultanate and its people.
Change is constantly brewing behind the scenes of TelBru as well, with officials and staff going through internal workshops and training sessions to adopt a new mindset for the company’s improved direction.
TelBru will continue refurbishment works to other assets and buildings throughout the country in phases as part of the ongoing rebranding initiative, which aims to provide a better environment for its staff and customers.