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Communications in Brunei


In 2002, there were 90,000 mainline telephones and 137,000 mobile cellular phones in use throughout the country. Telephone service is generally considered to be of excellent quality.

The government-operated Radio Television Brunei broadcasts radio programs in English, Malay and Chinese, and television programs in Malay and English. While there are no other television stations in the country, three Malaysian television channels can be accessed by some viewers. Two satellite television networks are also available, offering about 28 different channels, including the Cable News Network, the British Broadcasting Corporation World News, and several entertainment and sports channels.

Brunei's internet service is monopolised by a recently incorporated company TelBru under their "Brunet" department. The limited market in Brunei means that development in the telecommunications sector is stagnant. However, more and more users are subscribing to 3G Mobile services. Broadband coverage has spanned the whole of Brunei since the release of "E-Speed 2".


Telephones - main lines in use
79,800 (2011)

Telephones - mobile cellular
443,200 (2011)

Telephone system
general assessment: service throughout the country is good; international service is good to Southeast Asia, Middle East, Western Europe, and the US
domestic: every service available
international: country code - 673; landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-3 optical telecommunications submarine cable that provides links to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe; the Asia-America Gateway submarine cable network, scheduled for completion by late 2008, will provide new links to Asia and the US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean) (2011)

Broadcast media
state-controlled Radio Television Brunei (RTB) operates 4 channels; 3 Malaysian TV stations are available; foreign TV broadcasts are available via satellite and cable systems; RTB operates 5 radio networks and broadcasts on multiple frequencies; British Forces Broadcast Service (BFBS) provides radio broadcasts on 2 FM stations; some radio broadcast stations from Malaysia are available via repeaters (2009)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
49,457 (2012)

Internet users
314,900 (2009)





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