Network merger: New GLC to consolidate all Brunei telco infrastructure

by Haadi Bakar
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All telecommunication service providers in Brunei will have their network infrastructure consolidated under a new GLC later this year.

The network merger of Brunei’s three main telcos – TelBru, DST and Progresif Cellular – was officially announced by Darussalam Assets (DA) yesterday in what was considered the biggest news in the sultanate concerning its telecommunications sector.

DA said TelBru, DST and Progresif will focus on retail operations, while a new company, Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd (UNN), will provide “equal access to network infrastructure”, promising improved services and a level-playing field for all operators.

“Over time, consumers can expect substantial improvements in the wider availability and quality of key services at more affordable prices, supported by a state-of-the-art and fully secured integrated network,” the agency said in a statement, adding that the move was made to accelerate the country’s digital agenda.

Darussalam Assets, which owns all of the three telcos, added that consumers will not see changes to the pricing or quality of services in the immediate term following the network merger.

Brunei International Gateway, which runs the submarine high-speed cables that connect Brunei to the world, is also included in the merger.

UNN is working in partnership with Deutsche Telekom Group, the largest telecommunications provider in Europe, to support the initiative.

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