Brunei Darussalam is a very small nation in the South East Asia which is wealthy with a population totaling to over 400, 000, the telecommunications infrastructure as well as the services throughout this country and they are generally of very high standards, which have been bolstered by the high GDP per capita. This country has been ranked position ten with the Telecom Maturity Index score of about 47. The country has been ranked position three in Market Challenger category out of the six countries. The BuddeComm’s Asian index (Telecoms Maturity Index), is the index that is on a scale of 0 to 100 which measures and also ranks relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of 34 countries that are in Asia.
The fixed-line penetration has enjoyed a slow downhill slide over the last ten years. It has declined as the mobile broadband goes on to take over as a driver of growth in telecoms access market. The fixed broadband penetration in this country has grown moderately over the last few years from the relatively low base of the subscribers by the international comparisons. The slow to moderate growth has been predicted over the coming five years to the year 2023.
Slow growth has been predicted in the mobile subscriber market over the coming five years to the year 2023. This market is going to be constrained from the higher growth as a result of the high competition and the maturing of the market. Brunei has enjoyed a very strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the last five years. Slower growth has been predicted in the coming five years to 2023 as the growth subsides in the maturing market. Mobile broadband market is going to be driven by the rising level of the mobile subscribers, the falling levels of the fixed line subscribers and the growing fast speeds that are offered by the mobile operators. Some of the companies who have been mentioned in the report include Darussalam Assets, Telekom Brunei Bhd (TelBru), Progresif Cellular and DSTCom.
Some of the key developments which have been discussed in this report include:
• The mobile broadband is growing enormously and is currently driving development in this market.
• Slow growth in the mobile market has been predicted over the medium term.
• The fixed broadband penetration in this country has grown excellently over the last few years.
• Improvement of ranking of this country in the report.
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