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AITI levels playing field between mobile operators
03/03/2015
 
The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) today announced that on 25 February 2015, it has issue direction to rationalize tariff in Brunei Darussalam’s mobile communications market. The direction requires local mobile providers to adopt a Senders-Keeps-All mobile interconnection regime, equalise on-net and off-net mobile rates and remove all incoming mobile call charges.  This was done to remove barriers to market entry and ensure fair and efficient market conduct to achieve sustainable market growth. 
 
The effect of this direction will be to:
 
a.      Sender-Keeps-All interconnection regime.
The mobile interconnection regime here refers to Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) for terminating calls with another network provider. The direction requires the mobile providers to apply a Sender-Keeps-All (SKA) arrangement. This means that neither party pays the other when they terminate onto the other party’s network or in other words, there is no mobile termination charge. The SKA will enable existing market players and potential new entrants to compete on an equal footing.
 
b.      Equalise on-net[1] and off-net[2] mobile rates
The current intra-operator (on-net) and inter-operator (off-net) rates will be equalised. AITI finds that the different pricing arrangement has become a barrier to inter-operator communications. Subscribers of the major player would be reluctant to call subscribers of a smaller player due to the higher rates imposed. In addition to this, subscribers’ decision to migrate between mobile providers may be hindered when their family and friends are all settled in one network as it would be costly to make calls to the other mobile provider.  This applies to both post-paid and prepaid subscriptions (for local calling and messaging service rates).
 
c.       Remove the incoming call charges
AITI has directed both mobile providers to remove the incoming call charges of BND0.20 charged to subscribers. This will ensure that telecommunication services remain affordable. This effects all local calls including inter-network (excluding incoming calls received while roaming), intra-network and from overseas numbers.
Both mobile providers have thirty (30) days from 25th February 2015 to implement the directions. AITI applaud DST Communications Sdn Bhd (DSTCom) and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB) for implementing the removal of incoming call charges on 1st March 2015.
 
AITI would like to remind mobile providers to adhere to the standards of the Code of Practice relating to Quality of Services for the telecommunications sector to ensure optimum end user experience.
 
Both mobile providers have thirty (30) days from 25th February 2015 to implement the directions. AITI applaud DST Communications Sdn Bhd (DSTCom) and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB) for implementing the removal of incoming call charges on 1st March 2015.
 
AITI would like to remind mobile providers to adhere to the standards of the Code of Practice relating to Quality of Services for the telecommunications sector to ensure optimum end user experience.


[1] Intra operator=on net. Service access within the same network provider; e.g. calls/SMS from DSTCom to DSTCom  or calls/SMS from PCSB to PCSB
[2] Inter operator=off net. Service access from one network provider to another; e.g. calls/SMS from DSTCom to PCSB/TelBru or calls/SMS from PCSB to DSTCom/TelBru