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

Brunei taking steps to improve the unified national telecom network

Brunei is a small and wealthy nation in South East Asia, with a population of about 430,000. Telecommunications infrastructure and services throughout the country are of a generally high standard, bolstered by a high GDP per capita which has allowed for considerable investment in networks and services.

In BuddeComm’s Asian Telecoms Maturity Index, which measures the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of the 34 countries in Asia, Brunei is ranked 10th with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 55.4 (out of 100).

In 2019 Brunei’s telecom infrastructure was regrouped under a single entity, the Unified National Networks (UNN). The networks of the three telcos (Telekom Brunei, Datastream Technology, and Progresif Cellular), all owned by Darussalam Asset, were incorporated within UNN and each now provides retail services with equal access to the national network, which became a subsidiary of Darussalam Asset. The Brunei International Gateway (BIG) also came under UNN’s umbrella.

During the last five years the number of mobile subscribers has increased steadily, though growth has slowed in response to higher penetration. Growth during the next few years will be supported by lower pricing for end-users expected to result from the UNN, as well as the launch of 5G services in 2021. These developments will also boost the mobile broadband sector.

Key developments

  • UNN created to provide a national telecom infrastructure;
  • All three telcos granted global licenses.
  • 5G services anticipated in 2021;
  • TelBru rebrands as Imagine, launches mobile services;
  • Number Portability services are launched;
  • Brunei gains access to telecom services via the Kacific-1 satellite;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report

Imagine (Telekom Brunei/TelBru); DSTCom; B-Mobile; Progresif (Progresif Cellular); Darussalam Assets

Table of Contents

  • Key Statistics

  • Regional Market Comparison

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom Sector Liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Regulatory developments
  • Mobile market

    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Broadband statistics
    • National Broadband Blueprint
    • Brunei International Gateway (BIG)
    • High Speed Broadband (HSBB)
    • Wi-Fi
  • Fixed network operators

    • Imagine (Telekom Brunei/TelBru)
    • DST Group
    • Progressif (Progresif Cellular/B-Mobile)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
      • The UNN
      • Public payphones
    • International Infrastructure
      • Trans-Borneo Optical Cable Network
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Data centres
    • Smart infrastructure
  • Digital Economy

    • e-Services
      • E-Commerce
      • E-Government
      • BruCERT
      • ICT Rural Outreach Program (iROP)
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Brunei – 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 3 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Change in the share of mobile subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Change in the market share of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 – 2024
  • Table 8 – Change in handset and USB dongle mobile broadband penetration - 2012 - 2019
  • Table 9 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 10 – Growth in international internet bandwidth – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 12 – Historic - DSTCom mobile subscribers – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 13 – Historic - Progresif - mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 14 – Historic - Mobile subscribers by operator – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 15 – Historic - Share of mobile market share by subscribers – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 16 – Historic - International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 3 – Telecoms Maturity Index – South East Asia
  • Chart 4 – Mobile, mobile broadband and fixed broadband penetration – 2019; 2024
  • Chart 5 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 6 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Change in the share of mobile subscribers by operator – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Change in the market share of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 – 2024
  • Chart 11 – Change in handset and USB dongle mobile broadband penetration - 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 12 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 13 – Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 14 – Mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries benefitting from the Kacific-1 satellite

List of Exhibits

  • 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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Number of pages 55

Status Current

Last updated 24 Mar 2020
Update History

Analyst: Sebastien De Rosbo

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