BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Communications (MOC) and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) hosted a half-day workshop on National Broadband at the AITI Building on Thursday.
The workshop, conducted by experts from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Korea Communication Commission (KCC), aimed to present a holistic and multi-sectoral view on the importance of broadband, as well as the visions and aspirations of relevant stakeholders for the deployment of broadband in Brunei Darussalam.
Haji Yahkup Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI stated that the workshop would give participants a chance to reflect on the country's broadband deployment and development in his welcoming remark. He also mentioned that through the views and findings shared by the speakers, it would help to further propel broadband deployment and related value-added services to support Brunei's economic growth and bring benefits to society.
Meanwhile, in her presentation at the workshop, Hajah Siti Hairmi, Acting Senior Special Duties Officer at MOC spoke on government's initiatives and aspirations for broadband in the country. The presentation also emphasized on the role of broadband development in the context of MOC's vision towards a Smart Society by 2017 and its contribution to the realization of Wawasan Brunei 2035 (Brunei's Vision 2035).
Wawasan Brunei 2035 (Brunei's Vision 2035), launched in 2008, aims to transform Brunei Darussalam to a nation with new generations of citizens who are proactive and confident participants in the dynamic knowledge economy whilst maintaining traditional values and beliefs of Brunei Darussalam.
The workshop also shared the findings and information gathered from the 3-day field mission, via questionnaires and interviews with selected government ministries and ICT (information and communications technology) Stakeholders. The field mission work and workshop will be used to produce a revised National Broadband Blueprint which MOC first prepared in 2008. The revised National Broadband Blueprint will outline further approaches and national broadband strategies that will help Brunei fulfill Wawasan Brunei 2035.
AITI was established on Jan. 1 2003 by the AITI Order 2001 to function as ICT & telecommunication industry regulator, national radio-frequency spectrum manager and developer of Brunei Darussalam's ICT industry.