Brunei’s government signs deal to upgrade telecom services

Brunei’s government signs deal to upgrade telecom services

Brunei’s Minister of Communications, Pehin Dato Seri Setia Sulaiman, on Wednesday attended a signing ceremony between the Government and the consortium of Huawei Technologies Investment Co. Ltd and KPF Comserve Sdn Bhd for the provision of next generation network for JTB on a full turnkey basis, Brunei Bulletin reported.

Signing on behalf of Brunei’s government was the Acting Director of Telecommunications, Dyg Hjh Norliha Hj Abu Bakar.

The contract will facilitate JTB (Jabatan Telekom Brunei) to meet current and future requirements of telecommunications systems through new telephone exchanges, transmission, Internet access and data communications in the sultanate.

This B$38.95 million project, which is expected to be completed by July 2004, is in line with the government undertaking through JTB in providing info-communications services to meet the social and economic developments especially on ICT, e-government, e-business and information gathering via internet.

Significant components of existing JTB’s telephone exchanges are more than 16 years and already obsolete by the manufacturers resulting unavailability of spare parts.

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