The first Brunei Darussalam 5G Task Force Plenary Meeting held online yesterday was chaired by Acting Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) Ir Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar. The inaugural meeting gathered some 60 key working group members to discuss the objectives of the Task Force and how they can collaborate to achieve the deliverables, a press release stated.
The 5G Task Force was established to increase readiness in the implementation of 5G technology in Brunei Darussalam. The 5G technology with its high-speed mobile broadband is set to revolutionise the connectivity in the years ahead thus opening up opportunities for the development of innovative services in the industries and enhance economic growth in the country. This new development aims to realise the government’s aspiration in ensuring the ICT sector as one of the key catalysts towards achieving Brunei Vision 2035 and in transforming Brunei Darussalam as a Smart Nation.
The 5G Task Force consists of three working groups with members from ministries, government agencies, telecommunications service providers, equipment vendors, academia and industry. The working groups are Working Group 1: Policy, Regulatory and Spectrum, to be co-chaired by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and AITI; Working Group 2: Use Cases, Applications and Infrastructure, to be chaired by Unified National Networks (UNN) and Working Group 3: Education and Awareness, to be co-chaired by AITI and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).
The chairpersons of 5G Task Force Working Groups outlined work plans and set target deliverables to be carried out within a year of its establishment. speakers present during the meeting – Aamir Riaz from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Programme Office for Regional Office Asia and the Pacific who would be headlining on the Introduction on 5G and Regional Development of Policy, Regulatory and Spectrum, Vice President Network Solutions of Ericsson Raymond Soh, presenting on the outlook for 5G and its challenges, Vice President IoT and 5G Solutions of Huawei Asia Pacific Abdul Razaque Memon, presenting on 5G Use Cases and Development and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Anian Nicolas Guillou, who will be highlighting Education and Skill Development for Future Industry.
5G Task Force will hold several working groups and plenary meetings throughout the year and is expected to complete the study and produce a final report on 5G implementation in Brunei Darussalam to be submitted to Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof. The support of the Task Force members is crucial to the success of the 5G project as their input and contribution will go from strength to strength.
On March 30, AITI established a ‘5G regulatory sandbox’ to facilitate the development of 5G technology in Brunei Darussalam. The sandbox gives opportunity for qualified companies to carry out trials on 5G technology and its innovations. Under this sandbox, AITI provides exemption on its licence, spectrum and importation fees.