Minister launches 5G pilot project

Azlan Othman

The 5G pilot project is deployed as commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC), and spearheaded by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) with involvement from telecommunications infrastructure and service providers as well as industry stakeholders and players.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof launched the 5G Pilot Project at The Mall, Gadong yesterday.

The 5G Pilot Project, is aimed at supporting strategic objectives and priorities under the Digital Economy Masterplan 2025.

The pilot project also serves to demonstrate 5G Proof-of-Concept network environments, promote the value of high speed 5G mobile communications and create awareness in accelerating 5G adoption.

Acting Chief Executive of AITI and 5G Taskforce Chairman Ir Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar said it was just a few years ago when there was a global race in becoming the early adopters of 5G technology, “but now we start to hear that adoption of 5G is not a sprint, it is a marathon”.

“As we understand, 5G is more than just a faster network, it will redefine the network, establish a new global wireless standard for speed, throughput and bandwidth as well as build a bridge to the future. 5G is about tomorrow, so we need to prepare ourselves for the journey ahead by addressing any current issues at hand. It promises to be the standard that facilitates the giant leap to a connected future with faster data speeds and more bandwidth to carry growing levels of Internet traffic.”

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof views the demonstration of the project. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

He added that the Brunei Darussalam 5G Taskforce was established in March 2020 to ensure readiness and identify key issues in equipping Brunei Darussalam to adopt 5G technology, by focussing on three key areas – policy, regulatory and spectrum; use cases, applications and infrastructure; and education and awareness relevant to ensure success in rolling out 5G.

“I’m glad that through the 5G Taskforce which consists of 110 members from 41 organisations including all the ministries, academia and industry players, everyone plays a significant role in achieving nationwide readiness for 5G coverage in Brunei Darussalam.”

AITI stated that until April 7, the public can visit the booth featuring the 5G Pilot Project to experience the significant improvements that 5G can bring.

The pilot project is a continuation of a series of activities to raise awareness on 5G technology which has the potential to improve productivity, enhance virtual experiences and bring to the next level of digitalisation towards realising the aspiration for Brunei Darussalam as a Smart Nation.

The Mall, Gadong is one of the five strategic locations where 5G Pilot Project and Proof-of-Concept network has been deployed. Other locations include outdoor coverage at The Airport Mall, Mulia Hotel and Universiti Teknologi Brunei as well as indoor coverage at Design and Technology Building.

The pilot project’s activation will be implemented in phases. AITI in collaboration with Brunei Darussalam 5G Taskforce also held a handover ceremony for the 5G Taskforce Report.

The taskforce was formed in March 2020 to facilitate the implementation of 5G, ensure readiness through exploring business models across the vertical industry, and support Smart Nation initiatives to conceptualise and deliver smart services to generate social and economic value for Brunei Darussalam. The 5G Taskforce handed over the taskforce report to the Minister of Transport and Infocommunications.

Acting Minister of Energy and Chairman of AITI Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw; Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, who is also a member of Authority of AITI; permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, AITI members, directors, CEOs, Brunei Darussalam 5G Taskforce Working Group Chairmen and its members were also present.