Telcos to cut Singapore, Brunei roaming rates

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BRUNEI-MUARA

MOBILE roaming rates between Brunei and Singapore will be reduced up to 50 per cent starting January next year.

From January 1, 2015, mobile phone subscribers in Brunei, when travelling to Singapore, will enjoy rate reductions of up to 10 per cent for mobile calls and 50 per cent for text messages, video calls and data.

Singaporean mobile phone users will also enjoy similar rate reduction while in Brunei.

The Authority of Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) have worked together with mobile operators in the two countries for the arrangement, AITI and IDA said in a joint statement issued yesterday.

AITI and IDA signed the agreement at the sidelines of yesterday’s Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

AITI and IDA said the arrangement is also the first to include rate reductions for roaming mobile data and the first roaming arrangement to be notified under the ASEAN Framework Agreement for Services.

AITI and IDA said the reduction in mobile roaming rates marks another milestone for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and is aligned with the commitment made during the 17th ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators’ Council meeting in 2011.

”Negotiations for the rate reductions between Brunei and Singapore began in light of the global trend of increasing data consumption,” the two organisations said in the joint statement they issued yesterday.

AITI and IDA said this agreement will address the changing mobile needs of its people, promote greater communication linkages between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore, and reinforce strong bilateral ties.

In June 2012, YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah and Singapore Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim committed to explore ways of reducing prevailing roaming rates for travellers between the two countries.

The Brunei Times