Brunei Darussalam

Geographic Region (ITU/UN)

ISO 3166 Code

BN

M49 Code

096

MCC

528

ITU Member

Yes

ITU-R Region

Overview

Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace (Negara Brunei Darussalam), is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea, the country is completely surrounded by the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

The country maintains the highest level of ICT access in South-East Asia courtesy of strong government leadership through its Wawasan Brunei 2035 (Vision 2035) initiative. It's National Broadband initiative completed in 2017 which helped to improve high speed and affordable internet access throughout the country. Strong private sector growth is lead by the two national Mobile Network Operators and one major incumbent fixed service provider (Telekom Brunei Berhad). According to latest ITU data (June 2017) mobile coverage reaches 92.5% of the population, and 4G LTE accessible by 89.6% of Bruneian.

Brunei is connected by three submarine cables;

  • Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC), completed in 2013
  • Asian-American Gateway (AAG), completed in 2009
  • SEA-ME-WE 3, completed in 2000.

Brunei Darussalam is a member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and as such follows radio frequency harmonisation principles according to ITU-R Region-3. The regulatory body governing communications policy is the Ministry of Communications, and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) is charged with regulating the country's radio frequency spectrum activities such as planning, allocations, and licencing.

National Mobile Network Operators

There are 2 mobile network operators servicing this region.

3G: Active
3G Bands: B1 (2100 MHz)
4G: Active
4G Bands: B3 (1800 MHz)
5G: N/A
IoT: N/A
3G: Active
3G Bands: B1 (2100 MHz)
4G: Trialling
5G: N/A
IoT: N/A

News & Developments

Progresif Cellular announced today that they have submitted an official request to start a trial of their 4G network.

The application was filed with the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry (AITI) which kicks off a process, that subject to AITI approval, could bring Progresif’s first 4G cell sites online within the next three months.