High-speed digital experience goes to Green Jewel district

|    Danial Norjidi    |

AROUND 670 residents at RPN Kampong Rataie in Temburong will soon enjoy the benefits of High-Speed Broadband (HSBB), once Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) completes in entirety the final infrastructure push to secure fibre optics within the area.

In a statement, TelBru highlighted that by the end of March, Internet connection to homes in the most densely-populated area of Brunei’s Green Jewel will be on par with the rest of the nation, over which different demographics can access speeds up to 300 Mbps, with minimum offered speeds of at least 10 Mbps.

Yesterday, in a symbolic gesture to commemorate this landmark milestone in Temburong’s ICT landscape history, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof launched the high-speed broadband service, which is now made possible by the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) technology at the Rataie Exchange.

As part of his visit to the area with TelBru, the minister and a delegation from the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications visited a number of sites to inspect the newly installed fibre optics infrastructure, while also visiting residents who have been connected to the grid.

One of the first residents to avail themselves of the HSBB service at RPN Kampong Rataie was Nurul Munjiatul Athirah binti Harun, who said that her family’s internet experience has improved since then.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications briefed about equipment used by TelBru. – PHOTOS: DANIAL NORJIDI
Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof in a group photo at Rataie Exchange

“Since the establishment of the new service, the Wi-Fi is consistent; even when we stream, it’s smooth and fast,” she said, adding that she felt thankful at being among the first in the area to have HSBB.

In their statement, TelBru noted that the launch is part and parcel of their nationwide project that aims to connect thousands in Brunei to HSBB, in the hope to better facilitate the goals of Brunei Vision 2035 that call for a robust ICT infrastructure to support ICT-related diversification efforts, in Brunei’s bid to reduce dependency on traditional income.

The statement also cited studies showing that every 10 per cent of FTTH to citizens has the potential to increase a country’s GDP per capita between 0.9-1.5 per cent, through increased productivity at home and at work.

In a speech at yesterday’s launch, TelBru’s Board member Ahmad Jefri bin Abdul Rahman said, “The Rataie connectivity is the second phase of installations following the first connected cluster in Pekan Bangar in August last year, where commercial entities within the town have become the first main benefactors of high speed Internet.

“As part of the company’s responsibility towards nation-building, the company will continue to rollout fibre-optics connectivity over the coming months in several residential and industrial areas in Brunei-Muara and Belait districts, while also exploring alternative technologies for geographically challenging areas.”

Other connected areas in the Temburong District include the Ulu-Ulu Resort, where TelBru’s Internet caters to the needs of the area’s tourism industry.