The Firm celebrates its third year of corporatization today. Having joined the Firm only recently, I do not feel the same sense of history as my more senior colleagues, especially the ones from JTB, but what I do feel is that sincere efforts being made within the organization to lift itself to the next level. There’s still a long way to go in our journey, but with the right people with the right attitude and mindset in place, I strongly believe the Firm will succeed in its vision of being a leading company in telecommunications and information technology in the region.
To put things in a historical perspective, here’s a quote from a WTO Trade Policy paper:
JTB was corporatized in April 2006 and its duties shared between TelBru and the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry (AiTi), which was established in January 2003 to administer the regulatory function and the development of the info?communication industry in Brunei. Thus, TelBru assumed responsibility for the supply of telecom services in Brunei, while AiTi was charged with regulating and developing the industry and is answerable to the Minister of Communications.
In its initial GATS offer of 2005, Brunei made offers in local, international, and mobile telephone services and stated that in its eventual commitments JTB’s (now TelBru’s) monopoly over voice telephone services will be maintained for ten years after its privatization and subject to a Government review to allow new suppliers into the market.
Here are some of the faces of the Firm, both old and new: