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Gigabit Internet on six-month trial

James Kon

A one-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) fibre broadband (FBB) proof of concept (PoC) was launched yesterday by the telco industry to transform Brunei into a smart nation and to align with Brunei Vision 2035 and Digital Economy Masterplan 2025.

It is also aimed at bringing innovation and transformation in consumer and industry uses with high-speed connectivity.

Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd (UNN) said telecommunication industry stakeholders, including service providers – Datastream Digital Sdn Bhd (DST), imagine Sdn Bhd and Progresif Sdn Bhd – and Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd are collaborating to provide accessible and high-quality broadband service for the nation that are also future-proof.

The six-month PoC will involve 90 participants selected by the service providers to use FBB with speed of up to 1Gbps. This trial is to assess the industry’s readiness in providing 1Gbps FBB to the market. They are also exploring Wi-Fi capabilities.

The participants will provide regular feedback with an app to help the industry identify rooms for improvement.

Progresif Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hajah Nurul Haniah binti Haji Jaafar said the goal is to work with UNN to enhance connectivity for end users.

She said this trial will help the company assess customer usage and demand as well as improve their services.

imagine CEO Suzannawati binti Haji Suharju expressed enthusiasm for better user experience for customers with higher speed that can improve daily activities and spur local infocommunication technology developments, adding that the trial will also help imagine’s team improve its products and services to the masses.


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