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

Executive summary

Mobile Broadband begins to gain momentum 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.

There are two mobile operators in the Brunei market. DSTCom dominates the market. Mobile subscriber penetration peaked in 2012. Since 2014 the market has begun to recover and continue on with its overall growth phase. Penetration has increased to 111% in 2016. Further slow market growth is predicted over the next few years to 2021.

Fixed line penetration has seen a strong downhill slide over the past five years, halving during that time. Fixed line penetration has fallen from 20% in 2011 to only 10% by 2016, as mobile broadband has taken over driver of growth in the telecoms access market. In particular, mobile has completely taken over fixed line access in the voice access market. This decline is predicted to continue over the next five years, especially as mobile broadband gains momentum in the fixed line market.

The penetration of internet users has increased moderately over the past five years. Household internet penetration has also increased moderately, reaching over 80% in 2016.

Fixed broadband penetration in Brunei has increased moderately over the past few years from a relatively low base of subscribers by international comparisons. Further moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2021. In 2016 TelBru launched its Nationwide WiFi service as part of a long term strategy to expand its reach into the wireless segment.

Key developments:

  • TelBru launched its Nationwide WiFi service.
  • The penetration of internet users has increased moderately over the past five years.
  • Mobile broadband has grown strongly and is now driving growth in the market.
  • Fixed line penetration has seen a strong downhill slide over the past five years.
  • Slow growth in the mobile market is predicted over the medium term.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Brunei Bhd (TelBru); Data Stream Technologies Communications Sdn Bhd (DSTCom); B-Mobile; Progresif Cellular; Darussalam Assets; Jabatan Telekom Brunei (JTB); BruNet.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
    • 3.1 Background
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
  • 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 Overview
      • 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
    • 8.1.1 National Broadband Blueprint
    • 8.1.2 Brunei International Gateway (BIG)
    • 8.1.3 High Speed Broadband (HSBB)
      • 8.2 Broadband statistics
      • 8.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 8.4 Wi-Fi
    • 9. Mobile communications
      • 9.1 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2 Mobile Broadband
      • 9.3 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 9.4 Mobile operators
        • 9.4.1 Operator Statistics
        • 9.4.2 DSTCom
        • 9.4.3 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 Brunei Darussalam – 2016
    • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2016
    • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016
    • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2016
    • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016
    • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
    • Table 7 – Brunei’s GDP real growth rate – 2006 - 2017
    • Table 8 – Fixed line subscribers and penetration rate – 1990; 1995; 2000 - 2016
    • Table 9 – Fibre-based broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 10 – Historical - internet users – 1996 - 2005
    • Table 11 – Internet users – 1996 - 2016
    • Table 12 – Households internet penetration – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 13 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2016
    • Table 14 – Fixed-broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 15 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • Table 16 – Mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 17 – Historical - mobile subscribers – 1995 - 2005
    • Table 18 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 19 – Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • Table 20 – Mobile operators and systems
    • Table 21 – Mobile subscribers and market share by operator – 2016
    • Table 22 – DSTCom - mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2016
    • Table 23 – Progresif Cellular - mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 24 – Key broadcasting statistics
    • Chart 1 - Fixed line subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 – 2016
    • Chart 2 – Fixed-broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
    • Chart 3 - Mobile subscribers - 2006 – 2016
    • Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cables with landing points in Brunei

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