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Speech from Acting Permanent Secretary during The Opening Of B.Mobile Communications Headquarter

Speech By

Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia

Dato Paduka Haji Mohdyusof

Acting Permanent Secretary

Ministry Of Communications

Negara Brunei Darussalam


Saturday, 3rd November 2012 (8:00pm)


Haji Ibrahim, Chairman of BMobile Communications Sdn Bhd

Mr See Wei Kee, Acting CEO BMobile Communications Sdn Bhd

Board members, management and officers of BMobile Communications Sdn Bhd,

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, a very good evening to you all.

1. First of all, I would like to thank BMobile Communications Sdn Bhd for inviting me to the opening of BMobile headquarters tonight.  It is a very significant milestone for BMobile Communications history. So congratulations Bmobile!

2. Since starting its operation about 7 years ago some time in 2005, we have seen BMobile Communications taking various initiatives in strengthening your position in the ICT industry.  We have seen your promotions on new mobile services and packages for the public. We have also seen the company embarking on various social programs to cater the demands and needs of the public.  It must have been a very challenging 7 years and I look forward to seeing a more vibrant journey with Bmobile Communications.   

Ladies and gentlemen,

3. Recently, the Minister of Communications has been going out to the other districts.  I’d like to share with you some of our findings and observations during the work visits, particularly those relevant to our mobile service providers:-

i. First, connectivity and coverage of basic mobile communication services are minimal in some rural areas;

ii. Second, we acknowledge the fact that it would be commercially and environmentally challenging for any mobile communication service provider to set up such services; and

iii. Third, availability of competition from other outside service providers or the mobile communications coverage spillover issues.

4. Connectivity and coverage of ICT services in rural areas are found to be minimal.  It has come to our attention that users in certain areas, are experiencing difficulty in accessing mobile networks.  In some places, coverage is almost non-existent.  As a result, competition from external sources has become more apparent in some of these places and this has caused inconveniences to our users.

5. We realize that it is quite challenging to provide maximum coverage at rural areas.  I believe our service operators have given their best efforts to ensure services are easily accessible throughout the country.  However, the issues of commercial viability and geographical terrain are among the obstacles in providing these services.

6. Despite these challenges, the Ministry of Communications prioritises the importance of ensuring mobile phone and Internet services are available widely.  Our dependence on ICT for both professional and personal needs cannot be denied.  Hence, the Ministry of Communications, through the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) will continue to facilitate the process of constructing and operating mobile phone towers in Brunei Darussalam.  In this regard, AITI has the Code of Practice on Development of Telecommunications Tower.  This Code of Practice will provide direction to operators in planning network expansion rollout.  This direction will also cover the need to protect protecting public health and safety as well as minimizing environmental impact of telecommunications network rollout.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

7. Let me now share with you The Ministry’s vision of realizing a Sophisticated Society in Brunei Darussalam by 2017.    Now, what exactly is a Sophisticated Society? This is the society where its members are able to exploit technology to increase the quality of their lives.  It is also when society can afford to own the product and services of their choice.  On the supply side, a sophisticated society will be catered with variety of innovative products and services.  As a result, transactions are easier, faster and effective.   I am sure the players of our ICT industry are able to contribute in realizing this vision.

8. Thanks to the initiatives of our local ICT players, we are now well on our way to this vision.  Our mobile phone penetration has exceeded 100% since 2008  and is currently reaching 120% as we speak.  According to an ITU 2011 Report, Brunei Darussalam is in the world’s top 20 of the active mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants .

9. Yes these figures are very encouraging, but they are not to be complacent with.  Mobile service providers are now facing challenges from services using new web-based platforms.  They can no longer rely on conventional SMS/MMS services to strengthen their revenue stream.  Ovum forecasts that by 2016 operators will have lost $54bn in SMS revenues due to the increasing popularity of social messaging services on smartphones.  This estimate is more than double the $23bn they are expected to have lost by the end of 2012 .  Services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook chats are clearly a threat to mobile service providers but these are exciting platforms for the users.  This trends and consumer patterns certainly call for new approaches and strategies for our service providers to embark on. 

10. We foresee that the demand for ICT services, content and applications will continue to increase.  In line with such growth, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam prioritises ICT development as one of the key sectors in realising our National Vision 2035.   On 15th July 2012 this year, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to a budget of B$230million for the Ministry of Communications to implement a nationwide broadband initiative through Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH). 

11. With this development, the Ministry of Communications has identified steps and initiatives to support the implementation of FTTH in Brunei Darussalam.  These initiatives will also ensure a more sustainable and vibrant ICT industry in Brunei Darussalam.  FTTH will give us returns in terms of opening new opportunities for economic activity to enhance our nation’s competitiveness.  One of the key critical success factors to achieve this return is through effective usage.  To drive usage, we need content.  We need enriched content offered in various packages available widely at affordable prices. 

12. This is where operators such as BMobile can come in.  The potentials of FTTH are limitless. It is up to service providers to unleash their creativity and innovations through such platforms.  With FTTH, the Ministry of Communications hopes to strengthen the sustainability of the ICT industry.  Hence, we would rely on our local players, such as BMobile to keep our local ICT landscape vibrant and dynamic with your new products and services.  I am confident of the capabilities of our local ICT players and we can certainly look forward to what they can offer to the industry in the near future.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

13.  To conclude, once again I wish to congratulate Bmobile Communications on the opening of their headquarters tonight.  I am sure there are exciting activities planned in conjunction with the launching.  I wish you all the best for your plans.  My heartiest congratulation also goes to the organizing committee of this event.  The success of this event would not have been possible without your dedication.




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