Brunei Darussalam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Mobile Broadband grows strongly in Brunei
A small wealthy nation in South East Asia, with a population of a little over 400,000, telecommunications infrastructure and services throughout Brunei are of a generally high standard, bolstered by a high GDP per capita.
Brunei is ranked 10th with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 47. Brunei is ranked 3rd in the Market Challenger category out of 16 countries. (BuddeComm’s “Asian Telecoms Maturity Index”, is an index (on a scale between 0 and 100) that measures and ranks the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of the 34 countries in Asia.)
Fixed line penetration has seen a slow downhill slide over the past ten years. It has fallen as mobile broadband has taken over as the driver of growth in the telecoms access market.
Fixed broadband penetration in Brunei has increased moderately over the past few years from a relatively low base of subscribers by international comparisons. Slow to moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.
Slower growth is predicted in the mobile subscriber market over the next five years to 2023. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to strong local competition and a further maturing market.
Brunei has seen a very strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years. Slower growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 as growth subsides in a maturing market. The mobile broadband market will be driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers, falling levels of fixed line subscribers and increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators.
Mobile broadband has grown strongly and is now driving growth in the market.
Slow growth in the mobile market is predicted over the medium term.
Fixed broadband penetration in Brunei has increased moderately over the past few years.
In 2019/2020 an important telecoms development is occurring for Brunei with the launch of the Kacific-1 satellite.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Telekom Brunei Bhd (TelBru); DSTCom; B-Mobile; Progresif Cellular; Darussalam Assets.
Table of Contents
Market Overview and Analysis
Regional Asian Market Comparison
Telecom Sector Liberalisation
Fixed Network Operators
Telekom Brunei Bhd (TelBru)
National Telecom Network
Trans-Borneo Optical Cable Network
Submarine cable networks
Fixed-Line Broadband Market
Fixed Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
National Broadband Blueprint
Brunei International Gateway (BIG)
High Speed Broadband (HSBB)
Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
Progresif Cellular (formerly B-Mobile)
ICT Rural Outreach Programme (iROP)
List of Tables
Table 1 – Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
Table 2 – Top Level Country Statistics – 2018 (e)
Table 3 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 4– Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
Table 5 – Fixed line subscribers and penetration rate – 1990; 1995; 2000 – 2006