Brunei Darussalam Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Markets, Statistics and Analyses Report 2021: Brunei Switches Off its 2G GSM Mobile Networks in Anticipation of 5G -

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DUBLIN, January 19, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Brunei Darussalam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses" report has been added to's offering.

Brunei switches off its 2G GSM mobile networks in anticipation of 5G

Brunei's telecom regulator AITI shut down the nation's 2G network in June 2021. The spectrum will be reallocated to 3G and 4G use, with the potential for it also to be extended to 5G once the decision is made to enable those services.

Only a small number of mobile customers were still using GSM-only handsets, and the government along with the mobile network operators provided assistance to ease their transition over to newer 4G-capable models. Most of the rest of the country has been surviving well enough on 3G and 4G services provided by incumbent DSTCom and Progresif.

Following the release of universal operating licences in 2019, fixed network operator Imagine became the third mobile service provider in January 2020, entering an already saturated marketplace with (at the time) over 125% penetration.

Future growth is expected to come from the anticipated rollout of 5G mobile networks that may come as early as 2022. In such a small market (with a population of less than half a million), the economic viability of upgrading to 5G may still be in question.

But the government is forging ahead with several Proof of Concept (PoC) projects around the country to showcase 5G's capabilities, and they may be instrumental in driving the sector towards introducing very high-speed mobile services sooner rather than later.

Key Topics Covered:

Key Statistics

Regional Asia Market Comparison

  • Market characteristics

  • Market Leaders

  • Market Challengers

  • Market Emergents

  • TMI vs GDP

  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

  • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

Country overview

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses

  • Subscribers

  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

Regulatory environment

  • Regulatory authority

  • Telecom sector liberalisation

  • Regulatory developments

  • Licensing

  • Mobile spectrum management

Mobile market

  • Major mobile operators

  • Mobile broadband

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Brunei International Gateway (BIG)

  • High Speed Broadband (HSBB)

  • Wi-Fi

Fixed network market

  • Major network operators

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • National telecom network

  • International infrastructure

  • Data centres

  • Smart infrastructure

Digital economy

  • E-commerce

  • E-government

  • Brunei National Computer Emergency Response Team

  • ICT Rural Outreach Program (iROP)

Appendix Historic data

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