TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Indonesia-Brunei ICT tie up proposed

  • Fitri Shahminan

    The Jakarta Post

Muara   /   Fri, September 12, 2014   /  07:49 am

Indonesia is keen to enhance cooperation with Brunei in the area of info-communications technology (ICT), said the republic'€™s minister for communication and information technology on Wednesday.

Indonesia is keen to seek ways on how best to '€œconnect'€ with Brunei and agree on the most feasible roaming rates between two countries, Tifatul Sembiring told The Brunei Times at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting.

He said Indonesia is also interested to have the same arrangement with other ASEAN member states.

He said Brunei'€™s priority areas for ICT may differ from what his country focuses on.

'€œBut between the two countries, we can increase our relationship in ICT,'€ Tifatul said.

The minister said due to Indonesia'€™s large land size and big population, the focus is on ensuring an even distribution of infrastructure and mobile network across the country.

'€œBrunei may be one of the leading countries with faster internet access with the introduction of 4G. But this is also because the priority is set on providing fast network as everybody in the country will already have good access to internet,'€ he said.

Tifatul also encouraged telco operators and service providers from both countries to work together and form business tie-ups.

'€œIndonesia has 14 operators and more than 300 internet service providers. The top three operators can offer a revenue of up to 95 per cent for Indonesia,'€ he said.

He said countries like Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia should be working together due to their cultural similarities.

'€œWe have the same language, almost the majority are Muslims, we have the same culture, I think is very important to heighten cooperation amongst each other,'€ Tifatul said.

Brunei and Singapore on Wednesday signed an agreement that will slash mobile roaming rates by up to 50 per cent starting January next year. (***)

Your premium period will expire in 0 day(s)

close x
Subscribe to get unlimited access Get 50% off now