IN light of rising public demand for telephone and Internet connections at the newly completed private and government residential areas in the country, Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) would like to highlight the importance of providing basic telecommunications infrastructure by project owners and developers before TelBru can deploy any telephone services in the area.
According to a press release, the deployment of fixed network communications infrastructure at an earlier stage must be factored into the original building and construction designs, similar to the provision of other utilities like water, sewerage and electricity.
These civil works, the costs of which must be borne by project owners and developers, have to be carried out as early as possible to ensure easy deployment of communication cabling and equipment and to minimise disruptions to other services in the future.
Detailed design and construction of a network site, pits, ducts and manholes must be provided in the site development. Unless such basic infrastructure is readily available, TelBru will not be able to carry out service installation as required by the tenants when they move into their new homes.
The project owners or developers are also advised to consult TelBru on the appropriate selection of locations to allocate such facilities including the size and number of manholes required. TelBru will also be able to advise them on the number of duct ways to be provided so as to accommodate the deployment of the communications facility in the areas concerned.
These underground duct ways are required to connect the manholes from one another and to the nearest fixed network communications access points, communication cabinet or the local exchange. The number of duct ways is dependent upon the size and types of connection and number of potential users/customers in the development areas.
TelBru is fully aware that utilities infrastructure including advanced and high quality communications infrastructure plays a major role in supporting new development and is essential for sustainable economic growth.
The development of high speed broadband technology also plays a vital role in enhancing the provision of local community facilities and services and can be a factor in attracting businesses and industries that make use of this technology. TelBru is fully committed to improving its services to the customers including upgrading its infrastructure and replacing its ageing and traditional copper network to a fiber optic based network.
The current High Speed Broadband (HSBB) deployment programmes are well underway. More and more areas are being connected using Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network as well as the Fibre-to-the Cabinet (FTTC) network using the last mile copper infrastructure to provide High Speed Broadband (HSBB) services. When fully completed, the project will improve the quality of services and provide greater Internet experience to customers in the areas.