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

Executive summary

Mobile Broadband gains further momentum in Brunei

A small wealthy nation in South East Asia, telecommunications infrastructure and services throughout Brunei are of a generally high standard, bolstered by a high GDP per capita.

Fixed line penetration has seen a slow downhill slide over the past ten years. This decline is predicted to continue over the next five years, especially as mobile broadband gains further momentum in the fixed line market.

Mobile subscriber penetration in Brunei peaked in 2012 and then declined. Since then the market has begun to recover and continue on with its overall growth phase. Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to strong local competition and a further maturing market.

Brunei is ranked 10th with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 47. Brunei is ranked 3rd in the “Market Challengers” 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.)

Compared to other Asian nations, Brunei has low fixed line penetration and fixed broadband penetration, high mobile penetration and moderate mobile broadband penetration.

Brunei has seen a strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years. Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022 as growth slows down 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.

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 2022.

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.
  • 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
    • 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 Brunei Darussalam – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 7 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Table 8 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
  • Table 9 – Brunei’s GDP real growth rate – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed line subscribers and penetration rate – 1990; 1995; 2000 - 2006
  • Table 12 – Historic Fibre-based broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 13 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 14 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Historic - internet users – 1996 - 2006
  • Table 16 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 18 – Historic - mobile subscribers – 1995 - 2006
  • Table 19 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2010 - 2022
  • Table 20 – Mobile operators and systems
  • Table 21 – Mobile subscribers and market share by operator – 2017
  • Table 22 – DSTCom - mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Progresif Cellular - mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Key broadcasting statistics
  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2017; 2022
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index – South East Asia
  • Chart 4 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 5 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration – South East Asia
  • Chart 6 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 7 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Chart 8 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 9 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Chart 10 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2011 - 2022
  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – South East Asia -Telecoms Markets- Country Snapshot
  • Exhibit 3 – Major submarine cables with landing points in Brunei

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