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Ministry of Communications and the Authority For Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam celebrate World Telecommunication And Information Society Day (WTISD)

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Ministry of Communications and the Authority For Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam celebrate World Telecommunication And Information Society Day (WTISD)
17/05/2014
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17 May 2014 – The Ministry of Communications (MOC) and the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) celebrated the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) by hosting a half-day event at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom, Empire Hotel & Country Club.
 
The event was also supported by Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru), Data Stream Technology Sdn Bhd (DST) and B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd (B-mobile).
 
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The WTISD is an annual event initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to help raise awareness on the possibilities of using the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT), can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. The theme this year is ‘Broadband for Sustainable Development’ which focuses on multi-stakeholder commitment to achieve universal access to broadband connectivity and content.
 
The Guest of Honour at the event was Yang Berhormat, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Communications.  Also in attendance was Hjh Airah Binti Hj Abdullah, Acting Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communications. About 250 guests comprising ambassadors, permanent secretaries, senior government official, AITI’s Members of Authority, ICT industry players and the media attended the event.
 
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The event kicked off with a welcome remark by Yang Mulia Haji Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI.  In his welcome speech, the AITI Chief Executive lauded the broadband deployment effort by the local telcos such as TelBru for deploying Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) connections to about 45,000 homes by 2016 and the recent launch of Long-Term-Evolution (LTE) or more commonly known as 4G mobile broadband services by DST.  On the user and business adoption end, Haji Yahkup urged the consumers and industry to play an important by developing more applications and local content utilizing the broadband infrastructure.  In this way, everyone will enjoy the full potential of broadband and ICT, be it improving business operation, deliver health care, education and government services more effectively and efficiently.
 
After the opening remarks, the Minister of Communications took the centre stage by delivering his keynote speech for the forum.  In his speech, Yang Berhormat Pehin highlighted, in the recent Global Information Technology Report (GITR) for this year published by the World Economic Forum and INSEAD, it has indicated that out of 148 economies listed, Brunei Darussalam’s Networked Readiness Index (NRI) ranking has improved 12 places from the 57th position in the previous year to the 45th position.
 
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One of the highlights of the event was the handover of the Brunei National Broadband Policy document from the ITU to Brunei Darussalam handed over by Sameer Sharma, the regional director of ITU ASIA-PACIFIC.  The formulation of the National Broadband Policy is an ITU initiative, which aims to help Government to set out overarching policy initiatives and goals for the development of broadband.  The project started off with MOC, AITI and ITU in May 2013 where Brunei was selected as one of the beneficiaries countries to receive ITU’s assistance to develop the National Broadband Policy.
 
 The Minister of Communications then proceeded to launch the Brunei’s Next Generation Network (BNGN) mini-clip which aims at educating the general public on the impact and benefits of broadband services to accelerate the adoption of applications and services which will leverage on the broadband infrastructure in Brunei Darussalam.
 
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Two international speakers then shared their experiences:
 
1.   Dr. Bernard Lee, Vice President of the FTTH Council, Asia-Pacific - “Broadband Experiences in Asia Pacific – Journey & Lessons Learnt”
 
2.   Mr. Bukhari Yahya, Head of Broadband Management and Co-ordination, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) - “Broadband Deployment and Sustainability – A Nation’s View”
 
The event concluded with a session moderated by Dr. Bernard Lee discussing on “Broadband for All – Creating a  Smart Society”.   The panelists were:
 
1.   Mr. Queh Ser Pheng, Deputy Chief Executive, AITI
 
2.   Mr.David Kay, Chief Executive Officer, Telekom Brunei Bhd (TelBru)
 
3.   Mr. Bukhari Yahya, Head of Broadband Management and Coordination, MCMC, Malaysia
 
4.   Mr. Hiro Tien, Founder of SocialBuzz Advertising, Brunei Darussalam
 
For further information, please visit  www.aiti.gov.bn/wtisd2014