Create products, get hosted, sell globally, ICT developers told

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THE minister of communications yesterday challenged local software developers to create innovative and niche products, get it hosted by a local telecommunication provider and sell it at both the national and international level.

“If they (software developers’ programmes) can be hosted, they can be marketed on the international level. Every download of the software is like a phone call being made. If the developer can share some of the revenue, that is where the partnership will work,” said Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat.

He said the ministry has been speaking to telecommunication operators like DST Sdn Bhd, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd and Telbru on how they can create a market by hosting all the software that is created locally.

The minister told The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the National ICT White Paper launch yesterday that they are working very closely with AITI, Infocomm federations and others in the private sector to discuss new ideas that they can tap into to create a conducive and sustainable environment for ICT players.

He said ICT has always been a very competitive market because it revolves around intellectual ability.

“There are always a lot of new ideas and some places abroad are ahead of us, but there is always opportunity for us to catch up. So we need to make sure the market has its own niche and character, different from other markets,” he said.

“So this is what we are trying to do – encourage new software development and have them hosted by telecommunication companies in the hopes that every time they gain access, charges will follow through.”

YB Dato Hj Mustappa said there are a lot of creative ideas outside of Brunei, which can be brought over and developed to make it suitable for local clients.

“Do not emphasise on needing the capital before starting up because ICT relies on brainpower,” he said.

The Brunei Times