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May 20th, 2015 – Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Brunei’s leading financial institution, organised today a media familiarization visit at its flagship branch in Kiulap to foster better understanding on BIBD’s services and operations, as well as its commitment to provide innovative, world-class banking solutions to customers from all walks of life. During the visit, [...]

May 20th, 2015 – Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Brunei’s leading financial institution, organised today a media familiarization visit at its flagship branch in Kiulap to foster better understanding on BIBD’s services and operations, as well as its commitment to provide innovative, world-class banking solutions to customers from all walks of life.

During the visit, the respective media were given a tour of BIBD Kiulap Branch, PERDANA Banking lounge, BIBD Contact Centre, as well as briefing by Mr. Imran Samee, BIBD’s Head of Consumer Banking, and team. The briefing session on BIBD’s unique approach to customer service and key innovations, coupled with site tour and live simulation of the Bank’s services, gave media a dynamic understanding of the flagship branch’s best-in-class facilities and the groundbreaking initiatives that BIBD has undertaken in recent years.

“Our efforts and investments across our operations, products, and services are all geared towards providing a highly performant and enjoyable experience for all customers, individuals and corporations alike. BIBD’s refurbished branches perfectly demonstrate our ‘Bruneian at Heart’ values, providing customers in Brunei with world-class yet relatable and refreshed retail experience,” said Mr. Imran.

Inspired by the warmth of Bruneian hospitality and its heritage as a nation, the flagship branch features upgraded facilities and better service-based ambiance, ensuring that the best services and practices would be delivered to all of BIBD’s existing and potential customers. Located one level above BIBD Kiulap branch, the exclusive PERDANA Privilege Banking lounge is equipped with comforts expected by premium customers. Privacy, confidentiality, comfort, dedicated Relationship Managers, and other privileges are available for BIBD PERDANA Privilege Banking account holders in the luxurious lounge.

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A view of the BIBD Perdana Lounge. Pic courtesy of RA

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May 20th, 2015 – Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Brunei’s leading financial institution, organised today a media familiarization visit at its flagship branch in Kiulap to foster better understanding on BIBD’s services and operations, as well as its commitment to provide innovative, world-class banking solutions to customers from all walks of life.

During the visit, the respective media were given a tour of BIBD Kiulap Branch, PERDANA Banking lounge, BIBD Contact Centre, as well as briefing by Mr. Imran Samee, BIBD’s Head of Consumer Banking, and team. The briefing session on BIBD’s unique approach to customer service and key innovations, coupled with site tour and live simulation of the Bank’s services, gave media a dynamic understanding of the flagship branch’s best-in-class facilities and the groundbreaking initiatives that BIBD has undertaken in recent years.

“Our efforts and investments across our operations, products, and services are all geared towards providing a highly performant and enjoyable experience for all customers, individuals and corporations alike. BIBD’s refurbished branches perfectly demonstrate our ‘Bruneian at Heart’ values, providing customers in Brunei with world-class yet relatable and refreshed retail experience,” said Mr. Imran.

Inspired by the warmth of Bruneian hospitality and its heritage as a nation, the flagship branch features upgraded facilities and better service-based ambiance, ensuring that the best services and practices would be delivered to all of BIBD’s existing and potential customers. Located one level above BIBD Kiulap branch, the exclusive PERDANA Privilege Banking lounge is equipped with comforts expected by premium customers. Privacy, confidentiality, comfort, dedicated Relationship Managers, and other privileges are available for BIBD PERDANA Privilege Banking account holders in the luxurious lounge.

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A view of the BIBD Perdana Lounge. Pic courtesy of RA

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By: Nazurah Noor All four of the Bruneian teams from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Pusat Latihan Mekanik (PLM) have now successfully completed and passed the tough pre-race Technical Inspections at the Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2015 competition in Luneta Park, Manila, in the Philippines on Saturday, 28th February 2015. Joining the ranks of yesterday’s [...]

Asia 2015 Day #1

By: Nazurah Noor

All four of the Bruneian teams from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Pusat Latihan Mekanik (PLM) have now successfully completed and passed the tough pre-race Technical Inspections at the Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2015 competition in Luneta Park, Manila, in the Philippines on Saturday, 28th February 2015.

Joining the ranks of yesterday’s Bruneian success in Manila were UBD’s GenNext Harapan and PLM’s Alpha 7 and their battery electric vehicles – the silver black ‘Nakhoda’ vehicles and the golden ‘Panglima Seventy One 77’, respectively.

GenNext Harapan’s vehicle, the ‘Mutiara’, qualified past the rigorous testing of Technical Inspection late on Saturday.

Rafi from team GenNext Harapan

Muhamad Rafiuddin Bin Maidin, who is currently a UBD student reading Masters in Physics by Research, explained his team’s developments: ” In the first attempt, the inspectors found a few issues. Today, we improved the enclosure wall of the vehicle shell to protect our driver from exposure to the brake and wheels. We also adjusted our brakes, seat belts and electrics of the motor.”

Sing Yew, team GenNext Harapan's electrical expert

Then Sing Yew, in charge of the electrical part of team Harapan, commented on this team’s much awaited inspection success on a third attempt: “It’s what we’ve been hoping for over the last few days. Most importantly, we explained very clearly what we have done. It was more to do with demonstrating the depth of our understanding of the car, rather than what we have actually built. The inspectors responded very positively and we even received very good comments.”

He added, “We are feeling excited and very happy. But we now need to focus on the next part, which is to break Mutiara’s previous SEMA record last year.”

In 2014, the ‘Mutiara’ made it to the Top 10 in the SEMA competition’s Battery Electric category, clocking in 112 kilowatts hour of energy for 10 laps in 24 minutes. [continue reading…]

Asia 2015 Day #1

By: Nazurah Noor

All four of the Bruneian teams from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Pusat Latihan Mekanik (PLM) have now successfully completed and passed the tough pre-race Technical Inspections at the Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2015 competition in Luneta Park, Manila, in the Philippines on Saturday, 28th February 2015.

Joining the ranks of yesterday’s Bruneian success in Manila were UBD’s GenNext Harapan and PLM’s Alpha 7 and their battery electric vehicles – the silver black ‘Nakhoda’ vehicles and the golden ‘Panglima Seventy One 77’, respectively.

GenNext Harapan’s vehicle, the ‘Mutiara’, qualified past the rigorous testing of Technical Inspection late on Saturday.

Rafi from team GenNext Harapan

Muhamad Rafiuddin Bin Maidin, who is currently a UBD student reading Masters in Physics by Research, explained his team’s developments: ” In the first attempt, the inspectors found a few issues. Today, we improved the enclosure wall of the vehicle shell to protect our driver from exposure to the brake and wheels. We also adjusted our brakes, seat belts and electrics of the motor.”

Sing Yew, team GenNext Harapan's electrical expert

Then Sing Yew, in charge of the electrical part of team Harapan, commented on this team’s much awaited inspection success on a third attempt: “It’s what we’ve been hoping for over the last few days. Most importantly, we explained very clearly what we have done. It was more to do with demonstrating the depth of our understanding of the car, rather than what we have actually built. The inspectors responded very positively and we even received very good comments.”

He added, “We are feeling excited and very happy. But we now need to focus on the next part, which is to break Mutiara’s previous SEMA record last year.”

In 2014, the ‘Mutiara’ made it to the Top 10 in the SEMA competition’s Battery Electric category, clocking in 112 kilowatts hour of energy for 10 laps in 24 minutes. (more…)

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TCY Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole dealer and distributor of Audi cars in Brunei, held its inaugural three-day Audi Urban Driving Experience at the ‘Pusing Lagi’ car park in Jerudong, yesterday. The event was an exclusive one where Audi Brunei had invited its customers as well as members of the media to be a part [...]

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TCY Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole dealer and distributor of Audi cars in Brunei, held its inaugural three-day Audi Urban Driving Experience at the ‘Pusing Lagi’ car park in Jerudong, yesterday.

The event was an exclusive one where Audi Brunei had invited its customers as well as members of the media to be a part of the Audi driving experience, which was a road and ‘track’ based safety driving tutorial as well as vehicle product demonstration.

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The day was divided into two sessions and each session comprised three exercises, which were the Road Drive, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Braking and Gymkhana/ Slalom.

The event aims to further educate Audi owners on the capabilities of their cars that they might have not known of as well as give drivers an in-depth knowledge on the German auto.

The day began with the registration of participants and a general briefing by Audi driving instructor Nicolaas Smit from South Africa and Richard Sorensen from Audi Singapore. The first exercise was the Road Drive that featured the Audi A3 in its various specifications. Drivers drove in a convoy led by Audi Brunei’s staff and during this, they got a chance to experience the array of driving mode that the new A3 offers. The function called ‘Driver Select’ has five different mode, which were Auto, Dynamic, Comfort, Efficiency and Individual. The second exercise was the exciting ABS Braking where the hands-on experience taught drivers on how to react in emergency maneuvers. Drivers had to accelerate to a speed of about 60km/h and slam on the brakes to test the braking system in the Audi A4 Avant and A5 Coupe and observe the safety features that it carries when in the situation.

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The last and fun exercise was the Gymkhana/Slalom circuit. Drivers drove the Audi A6 and A7 where they went through a series of curves and corners in a small ‘race’ with one another. This exercise practiced safe high speed handling and helps demonstrate the traction grip abilities of Audi’s trademark Quattro four-wheel drive system as compared to that of a vehicle without the Quattro system.

The overall experience of the Audi Urban Driving Experience was one to remember TCY Motors intends to hold it annually to highlight the capabilities of Audi vehicles and as a treat for its loyal customers.

At the end of each sessions, the participants were given certificates and Audi merchandises to show their appreciation to all those that attended the event. Both Smit and Sorensen presented the certificates the participants. Also present at the event were TCY Motors Managing Director Teng Chee Khiong and TCY Motors General Manager Sridheevan Sivanantham.

The Brunei Times

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TCY Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole dealer and distributor of Audi cars in Brunei, held its inaugural three-day Audi Urban Driving Experience at the ‘Pusing Lagi’ car park in Jerudong, yesterday.

The event was an exclusive one where Audi Brunei had invited its customers as well as members of the media to be a part of the Audi driving experience, which was a road and ‘track’ based safety driving tutorial as well as vehicle product demonstration.

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The day was divided into two sessions and each session comprised three exercises, which were the Road Drive, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Braking and Gymkhana/ Slalom.

The event aims to further educate Audi owners on the capabilities of their cars that they might have not known of as well as give drivers an in-depth knowledge on the German auto.

The day began with the registration of participants and a general briefing by Audi driving instructor Nicolaas Smit from South Africa and Richard Sorensen from Audi Singapore. The first exercise was the Road Drive that featured the Audi A3 in its various specifications. Drivers drove in a convoy led by Audi Brunei’s staff and during this, they got a chance to experience the array of driving mode that the new A3 offers. The function called ‘Driver Select’ has five different mode, which were Auto, Dynamic, Comfort, Efficiency and Individual. The second exercise was the exciting ABS Braking where the hands-on experience taught drivers on how to react in emergency maneuvers. Drivers had to accelerate to a speed of about 60km/h and slam on the brakes to test the braking system in the Audi A4 Avant and A5 Coupe and observe the safety features that it carries when in the situation.

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The last and fun exercise was the Gymkhana/Slalom circuit. Drivers drove the Audi A6 and A7 where they went through a series of curves and corners in a small ‘race’ with one another. This exercise practiced safe high speed handling and helps demonstrate the traction grip abilities of Audi’s trademark Quattro four-wheel drive system as compared to that of a vehicle without the Quattro system.

The overall experience of the Audi Urban Driving Experience was one to remember TCY Motors intends to hold it annually to highlight the capabilities of Audi vehicles and as a treat for its loyal customers.

At the end of each sessions, the participants were given certificates and Audi merchandises to show their appreciation to all those that attended the event. Both Smit and Sorensen presented the certificates the participants. Also present at the event were TCY Motors Managing Director Teng Chee Khiong and TCY Motors General Manager Sridheevan Sivanantham.

The Brunei Times

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers 1. WHAT IS INTROVERSION? Introverted people live in a human-sized hamster ball (not really but you know what I mean) The major trait is a true introvert, as apposed to someone who is withdrawn, is how they gain their energy. Extrovert people gather their energy from their surroundings. They [...]

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1. WHAT IS INTROVERSION?

Introverted people live in a human-sized hamster ball (not really but you know what I mean) The major trait is a true introvert, as apposed to someone who is withdrawn, is how they gain their energy.

Extrovert people gather their energy from their surroundings. They absorb the “good vibes” of the people around them and this need a lot of social interaction.

Introverted people make their own energy and rather than taking it from others, give it on social contact. This means that they naturally find most interaction exhausting and need time to recharge.

Because this energy is a limited resource, they tend to see extrovert as obnoxious predators out to steal their sweet, sweet energy juices. That’s why they have the hamster ball of personal space.

2. HOW TO INTERACT WITH INTROVERTED

Just because someone is introverted doesn’t mean they don’t like company. Interaction is just expensive and they don’t want to spend it on something annoying (read: wasteful)

Here’s what you do:

Say hello, be polite and relaxed, show that you recognize and approve of their presence. It is important for introverts to feel welcome – they won’t spend their precious energy on someone who doesn’t want them around. If you have interesting/important news to mention, mention it. Just don’t press for gossip.

Then go back to whatever you were doing. Now the introverts know that you are friendly an open to interactions but will not push them into spending energy if they have no need to.

Tah-dah! That’s all there is to it!

REMEMBER

  • Respect personal space (hamster ball)
  • Energy is limited
  • Don’t demand to have energy spent on you when it’s not particularly needed
  • Don’t take silence as an insult – it isn’t !
  • Introverts get lonely, too

That’s it folks!

Be sure to hug your introvert today! (with permission of course)

Source: How to Live with Introverts by =SchroJones

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See on Scoop.itAspiring Outliers

1. WHAT IS INTROVERSION?

Introverted people live in a human-sized hamster ball (not really but you know what I mean) The major trait is a true introvert, as apposed to someone who is withdrawn, is how they gain their energy.

Extrovert people gather their energy from their surroundings. They absorb the “good vibes” of the people around them and this need a lot of social interaction.

Introverted people make their own energy and rather than taking it from others, give it on social contact. This means that they naturally find most interaction exhausting and need time to recharge.

Because this energy is a limited resource, they tend to see extrovert as obnoxious predators out to steal their sweet, sweet energy juices. That’s why they have the hamster ball of personal space.

2. HOW TO INTERACT WITH INTROVERTED

Just because someone is introverted doesn’t mean they don’t like company. Interaction is just expensive and they don’t want to spend it on something annoying (read: wasteful)

Here’s what you do:

Say hello, be polite and relaxed, show that you recognize and approve of their presence. It is important for introverts to feel welcome – they won’t spend their precious energy on someone who doesn’t want them around. If you have interesting/important news to mention, mention it. Just don’t press for gossip.

Then go back to whatever you were doing. Now the introverts know that you are friendly an open to interactions but will not push them into spending energy if they have no need to.

Tah-dah! That’s all there is to it!

REMEMBER

  • Respect personal space (hamster ball)
  • Energy is limited
  • Don’t demand to have energy spent on you when it’s not particularly needed
  • Don’t take silence as an insult – it isn’t !
  • Introverts get lonely, too

That’s it folks!

Be sure to hug your introvert today! (with permission of course)

Source: How to Live with Introverts by =SchroJones

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As part of its continuing efforts to further develop a full-fledged Anggerek Desa Technology Park, the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) is embarking on the construction of another building in the area. Known as Phase 3 project, following the completion of Phases 1 and 2 namely the iCentre and Knowledge Hub buildings respectively, the new [...]

As part of its continuing efforts to further develop a full-fledged Anggerek Desa Technology Park, the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) is embarking on the construction of another building in the area. Known as Phase 3 project, following the completion of Phases 1 and 2 namely the iCentre and Knowledge Hub buildings respectively, the new development involves the construction of an 8 storey office building and a multi-level car park.

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As part of its continuing efforts to further develop a full-fledged Anggerek Desa Technology Park, the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) is embarking on the construction of another building in the area. Known as Phase 3 project, following the completion of Phases 1 and 2 namely the iCentre and Knowledge Hub buildings respectively, the new development involves the construction of an 8 storey office building and a multi-level car park.

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Road accidents are a global problem that needs the approach of relevant parties to manage and reduce its effects. According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013, issued by the World Health Organisation, W-H-O, 88 countries have managed to reduce the number of deaths from road accidents. Despite various efforts, around 1.24 million [...]

On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2013, ITU calls upon all stakeholders (policy makers, regulators, operators and industry) to take practical steps to further national and domestic policies, programmes and/or education

Road accidents are a global problem that needs the approach of relevant parties to manage and reduce its effects. According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013, issued by the World Health Organisation, W-H-O, 88 countries have managed to reduce the number of deaths from road accidents. Despite various efforts, around 1.24 million lives are estimated to have been lost to road accidents every year.

This shows that efforts need to be stepped up to reduce road accidents. The W-H-O also estimates that by the year 2020, deaths from road accidents will be the third cause of death after heart disease and depression. The Minister of Communication was speaking at the launch of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day, WTISD at the Rizqun International Hotel, in the morning.

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Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah in his welcoming remarks reiterated the importance of the awareness as ICT and road users to take wise consideration and make smart decisions. This includes prioritising safety for oneself and be considerate of other road users. Such would include making the decision to use mobile phones after parking their cars at the side of the road and to avoid using SMS or Whatsapp while driving. Yang Berhormat Pehin added that with the implementation of the Demerit Point System, the numbers of accidents for the past year have dropped compared to the year before. The number of deaths has also significantly reduced from 47 in 2011 to 28 in 2012. Yang Berhormat Pehin also stressed that the enforcement of CCTV and other technologies will make the implementation of the system more effective in reducing road traffic accidents further. The ICT based initiative is hoped to instil positive attitude among road users, to be more responsible and disciplined. Yang Berhormat Pehin explained that the main objective of the system is not to penalise, but to educate road users.

Yang Berhormat Pehin later launched road safety videos and two mascot’s names Awang Safe and Dayang Salmi. The theme of this year’s WTISD, “ICT and Improving Road Safety”, is hoped to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of Internet and Communication Technologies can bring to societies and economies.

The celebration was highlighted with a discussion by local and international speakers on topics related to the theme, and sharing of information with to the public on the latest ICT development and its contribution towards improving road safety.

Yang Berhormat Pehin also launched a DST Safety Driving Mobile App called “Safe Safar” to support road safety and reduce accident rates. Safar, in the Arabic Language means “journey”. The Safe Safar app curbs the urge to call or text while driving by allowing the driver to temporarily limit the features of their mobile device to stay focus on the road.

Also held was a current and future ICT Technology Exhibition. The exhibition was participated by the Brunei Darussalam Road Safety Council members, ICT Companies, car dealers and telecommunication service providers.

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On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2013, ITU calls upon all stakeholders (policy makers, regulators, operators and industry) to take practical steps to further national and domestic policies, programmes and/or education

Road accidents are a global problem that needs the approach of relevant parties to manage and reduce its effects. According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013, issued by the World Health Organisation, W-H-O, 88 countries have managed to reduce the number of deaths from road accidents. Despite various efforts, around 1.24 million lives are estimated to have been lost to road accidents every year.

This shows that efforts need to be stepped up to reduce road accidents. The W-H-O also estimates that by the year 2020, deaths from road accidents will be the third cause of death after heart disease and depression. The Minister of Communication was speaking at the launch of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day, WTISD at the Rizqun International Hotel, in the morning.

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Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah in his welcoming remarks reiterated the importance of the awareness as ICT and road users to take wise consideration and make smart decisions. This includes prioritising safety for oneself and be considerate of other road users. Such would include making the decision to use mobile phones after parking their cars at the side of the road and to avoid using SMS or Whatsapp while driving. Yang Berhormat Pehin added that with the implementation of the Demerit Point System, the numbers of accidents for the past year have dropped compared to the year before. The number of deaths has also significantly reduced from 47 in 2011 to 28 in 2012. Yang Berhormat Pehin also stressed that the enforcement of CCTV and other technologies will make the implementation of the system more effective in reducing road traffic accidents further. The ICT based initiative is hoped to instil positive attitude among road users, to be more responsible and disciplined. Yang Berhormat Pehin explained that the main objective of the system is not to penalise, but to educate road users.

Yang Berhormat Pehin later launched road safety videos and two mascot’s names Awang Safe and Dayang Salmi. The theme of this year’s WTISD, “ICT and Improving Road Safety”, is hoped to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of Internet and Communication Technologies can bring to societies and economies.

The celebration was highlighted with a discussion by local and international speakers on topics related to the theme, and sharing of information with to the public on the latest ICT development and its contribution towards improving road safety.

Yang Berhormat Pehin also launched a DST Safety Driving Mobile App called “Safe Safar” to support road safety and reduce accident rates. Safar, in the Arabic Language means “journey”. The Safe Safar app curbs the urge to call or text while driving by allowing the driver to temporarily limit the features of their mobile device to stay focus on the road.

Also held was a current and future ICT Technology Exhibition. The exhibition was participated by the Brunei Darussalam Road Safety Council members, ICT Companies, car dealers and telecommunication service providers.

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THE winners for the 30-second Infomercial Competition, organised by Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) with the support of Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru), were announced yesterday in a ceremony which marked World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) at the iCentre. The guest of honour, who also presented prizes to the top winners of both the [...]

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THE winners for the 30-second Infomercial Competition, organised by Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) with the support of Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru), were announced yesterday in a ceremony which marked World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) at the iCentre.

The guest of honour, who also presented prizes to the top winners of both the student and open categories, was Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, the Attorney General.

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Miguel Rodriguez and Rushmika Perera from St Margaret’s School emerged as the winners of the student category while Mohammad Sahlan Safwan and Farhan Nuradli Abd Karim, students from ITB, were crowned the winners of the open category.

To further ensure that Intellectual Property (IP) protection in Brunei Darussalam is in accordance with the country’s needs and consistent with international standards, last year the Sultanate became part of the Paris Convention and signed the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Budapest Treaty. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has also consented for Brunei Darussalam to accede to the Hague Agreement.

In addition, other international treaties are still under review, namely the Madrid Protocol, WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT).

Brunei’s latest move to further strengthen its IP Protection was revealed by Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, the Attorney General, during the ‘30 Seconds Infomercial’ awards ceremony, which was held in conjunction with World Intellectual Property Day 2013, at the iCentre yesterday.

The Attorney General’s Chambers and Patent Registry Office are currently working together to review the country’s laws, as well as international conventions and treaties.

Expertise from the WIPO, USPTO, JPO and Asean Secretariat, among others, have also been sought, she said, adding that Brunei is grateful for their assistance, particularly in the areas of human resource development, accession to international treaties, sharing of best practices and raising awareness.

Touching on enforcement, Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati said: “In order to strengthen our enforcement initiatives under the Copyright Order, we are in the final stages of amending the Copyright Order to increase the penalties and also enhance the enforcement powers.”

The Attorney General also lauded the efforts of authorities in curbing the selling of counterfeit CDs and DVDs in the country. The Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Attorney General’s Chambers has also successfully prosecuted cases in Brunei courts, Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati added.

Earlier, the Attorney General revealed that the process of establishing a national IP office was going well, noting that the first phase of the transfer of the registries – Patent and Industrial Design to the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) – had been completed.

The target for this year is the transfer of registry of trademarks.

In her speech, the Attorney General also stressed on the need to develop a national IP strategy to encourage and facilitate effective creations, development and management of IP.

“During my speech at the opening for the PCT and Budapest System training at The Empire Hotel and Country Club in July last year, I expressed my hope for the BEDB to consider developing a National IP Strategy.

“Why is it important? According to WIPO, an IP strategy is a set of measures formulated and implemented by a government to encourage and facilitate effective creations, development and management of IP.

“It outlines how to develop infrastructures and capacities to support investors of IP to protect, develop and exploit their inventions. It, therefore, spells out how best to develop the talent base for an innovation system that attract foreign direct investments and help in building an inclusive economy. It will be a comprehensive national document, which outlines how all the policy development and implementation take place in a coordinated manner with a national framework.

“I believe that a National IP Strategy and the establishment of a full-fledged IP office will definitely signify a remarkable milestone for the development of IP in Brunei Darussalam especially in realising Wawasan 2035. The AGC pledges its support and assistance, whenever required.”

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THE winners for the 30-second Infomercial Competition, organised by Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) with the support of Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru), were announced yesterday in a ceremony which marked World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) at the iCentre.

The guest of honour, who also presented prizes to the top winners of both the student and open categories, was Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, the Attorney General.

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Miguel Rodriguez and Rushmika Perera from St Margaret’s School emerged as the winners of the student category while Mohammad Sahlan Safwan and Farhan Nuradli Abd Karim, students from ITB, were crowned the winners of the open category.

To further ensure that Intellectual Property (IP) protection in Brunei Darussalam is in accordance with the country’s needs and consistent with international standards, last year the Sultanate became part of the Paris Convention and signed the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Budapest Treaty. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has also consented for Brunei Darussalam to accede to the Hague Agreement.

In addition, other international treaties are still under review, namely the Madrid Protocol, WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT).

Brunei’s latest move to further strengthen its IP Protection was revealed by Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, the Attorney General, during the ‘30 Seconds Infomercial’ awards ceremony, which was held in conjunction with World Intellectual Property Day 2013, at the iCentre yesterday.

The Attorney General’s Chambers and Patent Registry Office are currently working together to review the country’s laws, as well as international conventions and treaties.

Expertise from the WIPO, USPTO, JPO and Asean Secretariat, among others, have also been sought, she said, adding that Brunei is grateful for their assistance, particularly in the areas of human resource development, accession to international treaties, sharing of best practices and raising awareness.

Touching on enforcement, Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati said: “In order to strengthen our enforcement initiatives under the Copyright Order, we are in the final stages of amending the Copyright Order to increase the penalties and also enhance the enforcement powers.”

The Attorney General also lauded the efforts of authorities in curbing the selling of counterfeit CDs and DVDs in the country. The Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Attorney General’s Chambers has also successfully prosecuted cases in Brunei courts, Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati added.

Earlier, the Attorney General revealed that the process of establishing a national IP office was going well, noting that the first phase of the transfer of the registries – Patent and Industrial Design to the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) – had been completed.

The target for this year is the transfer of registry of trademarks.

In her speech, the Attorney General also stressed on the need to develop a national IP strategy to encourage and facilitate effective creations, development and management of IP.

“During my speech at the opening for the PCT and Budapest System training at The Empire Hotel and Country Club in July last year, I expressed my hope for the BEDB to consider developing a National IP Strategy.

“Why is it important? According to WIPO, an IP strategy is a set of measures formulated and implemented by a government to encourage and facilitate effective creations, development and management of IP.

“It outlines how to develop infrastructures and capacities to support investors of IP to protect, develop and exploit their inventions. It, therefore, spells out how best to develop the talent base for an innovation system that attract foreign direct investments and help in building an inclusive economy. It will be a comprehensive national document, which outlines how all the policy development and implementation take place in a coordinated manner with a national framework.

“I believe that a National IP Strategy and the establishment of a full-fledged IP office will definitely signify a remarkable milestone for the development of IP in Brunei Darussalam especially in realising Wawasan 2035. The AGC pledges its support and assistance, whenever required.”

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By the end of 2010 there were well over 500 million broadband subscribers worldwide (including all fixed access technologies). While Japan continues to lead the world in terms of the number of FttX subscribers; South Korea has the highest penetration in the world and is the first country in the world to reach over 50% [...]

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By the end of 2010 there were well over 500 million broadband subscribers worldwide (including all fixed access technologies). While Japan continues to lead the world in terms of the number of FttX subscribers; South Korea has the highest penetration in the world and is the first country in the world to reach over 50% penetration of households using FttX. The USA and parts of Europe are also rolling out fibre, although there is concern that parts of Europe are lagging behind. It is the countries that recognise the importance of a fibre optic telecoms infrastructure for healthcare, education and e-government, as well as for their economy, that are leading developments in FttX.

English: Fibre optic strands

Fibre optic strands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is Fiber Optics?

Fiber optics transmit data through long, thin strands of glass that are the diameter of a human hair. Instead of using electricity to carry data, they transmit information using light- at the speed of light.

How does Fiber Optics work?

Imagine yourself looking through a very long, plastic pipe coated with a perfect mirror. Several miles away, on the other end, a friend shines a flashlight into the pipe. Because it is a perfect mirror, the light beams reflect off the sides. Even though the pipe curves and twists, you will be able to see the light at your end.

Benefits of FTTH

More Network Capacity (Bandwidth)- They have the ability to accommodate a wider variety of data and video applications.

Future Proof- The need for faster Internet speeds and more bandwidth has grown and will continue to grow in the future. Optical fibers have the flexibility to deliver more services.

Benefits of FTTH

The FTTH broadband connection will spark the creation of products not yet dreamed of as they open new possibilities for data transmission rate. Using the past as a guide, think what items that now seem commonplace were not even on the drawing board five or 10 years ago. FTTH broadband connections will inspire new products and services and could open entire new sectors in the business world, experts at the FTTH Council say.

FTTH broadband connections also will allow consumers to “bundle” their communications services. For instance, a consumer could receive telephone, video, audio, television and just about any other kind of digital data stream using a simple FTTH broadband connection. Such an arrangement would be more cost effective and simpler than receiving those services via different lines, as is often the case today.

Crosby, Tim.  “How Fiber-to-the-home Broadband Works”  28 March 2008.  HowStuffWorks.com. 14 April 2013.

The 3 Stages of FTTH Installation

Stage One: Initial Site Visit.You may see surveying crews locating the best line of entry to your home and then burying the FiberOptic Lines.

Stage Two: Connecting your Home. This stage involves crews placing an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) on the outside of your home. This small box is attached to a battery backup- which enables your phone to work during a power outage.

Typical FTTH Installation

Typical FTTH Install

FTTH fiber-to-the-home

FTTH fiber-to-the-home (Photo credit: dvanzuijlekom)

Stage Three: Activation so you can enjoy faster broadband technology!

Fibre Cable

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Fibre Splicing

Find out more about TelBru HSBB by clicking here!

By the end of 2010 there were well over 500 million broadband subscribers worldwide (including all fixed access technologies). While Japan continues to lead the world in terms of the number of FttX subscribers; South Korea has the highest penetration in the world and is the first country in the world to reach over 50% penetration of households using FttX. The USA and parts of Europe are also rolling out fibre, although there is concern that parts of Europe are lagging behind. It is the countries that recognise the importance of a fibre optic telecoms infrastructure for healthcare, education and e-government, as well as for their economy, that are leading developments in FttX.

English: Fibre optic strands

Fibre optic strands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is Fiber Optics?

Fiber optics transmit data through long, thin strands of glass that are the diameter of a human hair. Instead of using electricity to carry data, they transmit information using light- at the speed of light.

How does Fiber Optics work?

Imagine yourself looking through a very long, plastic pipe coated with a perfect mirror. Several miles away, on the other end, a friend shines a flashlight into the pipe. Because it is a perfect mirror, the light beams reflect off the sides. Even though the pipe curves and twists, you will be able to see the light at your end.

Benefits of FTTH

More Network Capacity (Bandwidth)- They have the ability to accommodate a wider variety of data and video applications.

Future Proof- The need for faster Internet speeds and more bandwidth has grown and will continue to grow in the future. Optical fibers have the flexibility to deliver more services.

Benefits of FTTH

The FTTH broadband connection will spark the creation of products not yet dreamed of as they open new possibilities for data transmission rate. Using the past as a guide, think what items that now seem commonplace were not even on the drawing board five or 10 years ago. FTTH broadband connections will inspire new products and services and could open entire new sectors in the business world, experts at the FTTH Council say.

FTTH broadband connections also will allow consumers to “bundle” their communications services. For instance, a consumer could receive telephone, video, audio, television and just about any other kind of digital data stream using a simple FTTH broadband connection. Such an arrangement would be more cost effective and simpler than receiving those services via different lines, as is often the case today.

Crosby, Tim.  “How Fiber-to-the-home Broadband Works”  28 March 2008.  HowStuffWorks.com. 14 April 2013.

The 3 Stages of FTTH Installation

Stage One: Initial Site Visit.You may see surveying crews locating the best line of entry to your home and then burying the FiberOptic Lines.

Stage Two: Connecting your Home. This stage involves crews placing an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) on the outside of your home. This small box is attached to a battery backup- which enables your phone to work during a power outage.

Typical FTTH Installation

Typical FTTH Install

FTTH fiber-to-the-home

FTTH fiber-to-the-home (Photo credit: dvanzuijlekom)

Stage Three: Activation so you can enjoy faster broadband technology!

Fibre Cable

DSC 4052

Fibre Splicing

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TelBru is bringing High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) connectivity to more local households as the much-anticipated fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) makes its ‘first phase deployment’; with 1,000 homes already connected. TelBru CEO, David Kay, said they are targeting another 6,000 homes this year and sees an encouraging increase in the number of online and counter applications for the service. [...]

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TelBru is bringing High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) connectivity to more local households as the much-anticipated fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) makes its ‘first phase deployment’; with 1,000 homes already connected.

TelBru CEO, David Kay, said they are targeting another 6,000 homes this year and sees an encouraging increase in the number of online and counter applications for the service.

“This clearly indicates the demand and need for a more efficient and high-speed Internet connection from the public,” he said during an official launching ceremony at The Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday.

Officiating the event as the guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications.

To demonstrate how powerful and reliable the FTTH connection is, TelBru initiated an online gaming tournament for “The League of Legends” game.

Times Square is also the first commercial area to be connected with the HSBB, allowing businesses access to high-speed connectivity and reliability, thus paving the way to conduct business with ease.

David Kay revealed that the first phase of the HSBB project covered areas in Madang, Gadong and Central areas. “By the end of February itself, a further 1,000 homes will be connected,” he said.

Those mentioned areas are only the beginning of TelBru’s major infrastructure project. Homes that have not been ‘plugged in’ at other areas will be part of the deployment plan, which he described as a huge undertaking and investment – a gradual process that requires meticulous planning and implementation.

By the end of the year, he said most homes in the mainly densely populated areas will be able to connect to FTTH. It is hoped that it will close the gap and bring us at par-with Brunei’s ICT enhanced neighbours.

“By way of conclusion, it is not just about fast broadband speeds but rather providing 100 per cent of the Bruneian household with access to HSBB that ultimately underlines Brunei’s Vision 2035. TelBru is working extremely hard to fulfil this vision,” he explained.

The HSBB experience and campaign will be opened to the public until tomorrow and they can further explore HSBB, including the FTTH technology whilst comparing the new broadband with current copper cables. The development and milestone of Internet and communications technology from the past, present and also TelBru’s future planning will also be highlighted.

–Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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TelBru is bringing High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) connectivity to more local households as the much-anticipated fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) makes its ‘first phase deployment’; with 1,000 homes already connected.

TelBru CEO, David Kay, said they are targeting another 6,000 homes this year and sees an encouraging increase in the number of online and counter applications for the service.

“This clearly indicates the demand and need for a more efficient and high-speed Internet connection from the public,” he said during an official launching ceremony at The Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday.

Officiating the event as the guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications.

To demonstrate how powerful and reliable the FTTH connection is, TelBru initiated an online gaming tournament for “The League of Legends” game.

Times Square is also the first commercial area to be connected with the HSBB, allowing businesses access to high-speed connectivity and reliability, thus paving the way to conduct business with ease.

David Kay revealed that the first phase of the HSBB project covered areas in Madang, Gadong and Central areas. “By the end of February itself, a further 1,000 homes will be connected,” he said.

Those mentioned areas are only the beginning of TelBru’s major infrastructure project. Homes that have not been ‘plugged in’ at other areas will be part of the deployment plan, which he described as a huge undertaking and investment – a gradual process that requires meticulous planning and implementation.

By the end of the year, he said most homes in the mainly densely populated areas will be able to connect to FTTH. It is hoped that it will close the gap and bring us at par-with Brunei’s ICT enhanced neighbours.

“By way of conclusion, it is not just about fast broadband speeds but rather providing 100 per cent of the Bruneian household with access to HSBB that ultimately underlines Brunei’s Vision 2035. TelBru is working extremely hard to fulfil this vision,” he explained.

The HSBB experience and campaign will be opened to the public until tomorrow and they can further explore HSBB, including the FTTH technology whilst comparing the new broadband with current copper cables. The development and milestone of Internet and communications technology from the past, present and also TelBru’s future planning will also be highlighted.

–Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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