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MOC Reaches Key Milestone in Launch of National Broadband Policy
11/11/2014
 
The Ministry of Communications (MOC), with the support of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), today held the launching of the National Broadband Policy, in conjunction with the Cybersecurity Awareness Week 2014. The  event took place at the Rizqun International Hotel.
 
Present as the Guest of Honour to grace the launch was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications. The event was also attended by Yang Mulia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Chairman of AITI; foreign diplomats, permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, AITI’s Members of the Authority, senior government officials, representatives from the ICT industry as well as principals, teachers and partcipating students.
 
The National Broadband Policy sets out the Government’s overarching policy initiatives and goals for the development of the broadband sector over the next four years (2014–2017). The Policy addresses key issues such as accessibility, affordability, quality and usage as well maximising the adoption and utilization of broadband.
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The Minister of Communications, in his speech, highlighted the importance of broadband development and cybersecurity towards a sustainable, secure and long-term progress. The National Broadband Policy identifies policy objectives which will be supported by the implementation plan of identified targets, and indicators to measure progress. 
 
The development of Brunei Darussalam’s National Broadband Policy was led by MOC back in 2013, with the co-operation of the International Telecom Union (ITU), Korean Communication Commission (KCC) and AITI. The policy document can be downloaded at MOC’s and AITI’s website at http://www.mincom.gov.bn and http://www.aiti.gov.bn/nationalbroadband. Members of the public are invited to provide their comments and feedback on the policy and email to broadband@aiti.gov.bn.
 
The launching of the National Broadband Policy event also featured few initiatives and activities to mark the cybersecurity awareness campaign with the screening of cybersecurity video on the safety steps to securing ICT devices. Themed as “The Future: Our responsibility together”, the campaign was aimed to raise awareness and educate the public on the importance of online safety and security among the netizens.
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In his welcoming remarks, the Chief Executive of AITI, Yang Mulia Awang Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin stated that the theme reminded us of our future life depending on broadband as the critical infrastructure and digital technology, coupled with the children and young people’s vulnerability in the online environment necessitates the need to promote safer and responsible use of internet. He further emphasized that “Each one of us has a role to play - cybersecurity is a shared responsibility – our responsibility together”.
 
The event also saw a series of talks on cybercrime in Brunei Darussalam by representatives from the Attorney General’s Chambers and Singapore’s experience in promoting cybersecurity awareness campaign by Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). There was also a Creative Presentation Competition on cybersecurity topic by the top 3 finalists from the secondary schools. The winners of the competition were:
 
Winner No. 1 – Sekolah Menengah Sufri Bolkiah, Tutong
Winner No. 2 - St James School
Winner No. 2 - Sekolah Menengah Awang Semaun
 
The event concluded with a prize presentation by the Guest of Honour to the respective winners.
 
The Cybersecurity Awareness Week is celebrated by many countries across the Asia Pacific region to commemorate the APEC-TEL’s Cybersecurity Awareness Day and ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting’s Cybersecurity Awareness Week.
 
A series of cybersecurity seminars and related activities have been lined up for the students, parents as well as the public. This awareness event was jointly organized by AITI, Ministry of Education, Attorney General’s Chambers, Royal Brunei Police Force and BruCERT.
 
AITI hope that these activities will provide better understanding on cyber security and threats, and empower the netizens to be safer and responsible while conducting activities online.