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Boost for digital connectivity

James Kon

The Brunei Telecommunications Industry yesterday activated the Broadband Uplift programme aimed at raising the fixed broadband baseline speed for subscribers to at least 50Mbps.

The initiative is driven by telecommunication service providers Datastream Digital Sdn Bhd (DST), imagine Sdn Bhd and Progresif Sdn Bhd, supported by Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd and Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd (UNN) to champion the nation’s progress towards transforming Brunei into a Smart Nation, aligned with the Digital Economy Masterplan 2025 and Brunei Vision 2035.

The Brunei Telecommunications Industry’s objective is to ensure that the country, and its population, achieve meaningful digital connectivity and elevate the nation to global standards.

Currently, the July 2022 Global Median Speed reports from Ookla indicated Brunei is at number 99 globally with its fixed broadband median speed.

“The new broadband uplift gives us the opportunity to introduce a bigger, better, faster and stronger broadband product suite to customers. We have sent out notifications to subscribers informing them of the changes that will be made to their existing plans.

“The changes of speed in the base plans will be reflected on the web page referred by the SMS to be broadcast on September 1,” Progresif Head of Product and Segment Abby Chu said.

Meanwhile imagine CEO Suzannawati binti Haji Suharju said, “As we anticipate the exciting change in the national development of ICT together, in the coming weeks, imagine will conduct community engagement activities to socialise the latest offerings while highlighting opportunities associated with higher bandwidth speeds. imagine customers who are upgraded may view their latest plans through the imagineGo app and website portal.”

DST Acting Chief Operating Officer Ang Kian Han added, “We live in an era where everything has to be fast, so we constantly need to be up-to-date, which is why we are giving Infinity subscribers a choice to upgrade their plan either with SuperSpeed for Faster Speed or SuperSize for Bigger Data via the MyDSTapp conveniently.”

While the system enhancement to uplift fixed broadband subscribers currently on 20Mbps, 50Mbps and 100Mbps base plans commences today at no costs and with little to no interruption of service, affected fixed broadband subscribers are advised to contact service providers if any issues are experienced.