Brunei Darussalam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

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.

Key developments:

  • 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

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Brunei Bhd (TelBru); DSTCom; B-Mobile; Progresif Cellular; Darussalam Assets.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
    • 3.1 Background
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
    • 4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Regulatory authority
    • 5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.3 Privatisation
    • 5.4 Regulatory developments
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Telekom Brunei Bhd (TelBru)
    • 6.2 DST Group
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Background
      • 7.1.2 Statistics
      • 7.1.3 Fibre-to-the-Home/Premises (FttH/FttP)
      • 7.1.4 Public payphones
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Trans-Borneo Optical Cable Network
      • 7.2.2 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.2.3 Satellite networks
      • 7.2.4 Data centres
  • 8. Fixed-line Broadband market
    • 8.1 Fixed Broadband statistics and Forecasts
    • 8.2 National Broadband Blueprint
    • 8.3 Brunei International Gateway (BIG)
    • 8.4 High Speed Broadband (HSBB)
    • 8.5 Wi-Fi
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
    • 9.2 Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
    • 9.3 Mobile operators
      • 9.3.1 Operator Statistics
      • 9.3.2 DSTCom
      • 9.3.3 Progresif Cellular (formerly B-Mobile)
  • 10. Digital economy
    • 10.1 E-Services
      • 10.1.1 E-Commerce
      • 10.1.2 E-Government
      • 10.1.3 BruCERT
      • 10.1.4 ICT Rural Outreach Programme (iROP)
  • 11. Digital media
    • 11.1 Overview
    • 11.2 Broadcasting Act
    • 11.3 Satellite TV
  • 12. Related reports
  • 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
  • Table 6 – Historic Fibre-based broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 7 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 – 2023
  • Table 8 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Historic - internet users – 1996 - 2006
  • Table 10 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 – 2023
  • Table 12 – Historic - mobile subscribers – 1995 - 2006
  • Table 13 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2010 - 2023
  • Table 14 – Mobile operators and systems
  • Table 15 – Mobile subscribers and market share by operator – 2018
  • Table 16 – DSTCom - mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Progresif Cellular - mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Historic - Key broadcasting statistics - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2018; 2023
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 4 – Telecoms Maturity Index – South East Asia
  • Chart 5 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 6 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
  • Chart 7 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
  • Chart 8 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2010 - 2023
  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 – Major submarine cables with landing points in Brunei

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