In its third year running, Telekom Brunei Berhad presented the Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) with a $5,000 mock cheque today (Jan. 3, 2017) as part of a two-way partnership aimed at providing financial assistance to some of Brunei’s underprivileged children.
Since its initiation in 2014, the collaboration has provided dozens of needy families with the necessary support to inculcate and nurture appreciation for learning among identified children of schooling age with incentives that include brand new school-related necessities ranging from bags to books as well as shoes and uniforms.
In a ceremony held at TelBru’s headquarters in Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex in the capital, the presentation was headed by TelBru’s CEO David Kay to MKM president Datin Paduka Hjh Intan binti Md Kassim, witnessed by members of the Non-Government Organisation as well as the company’s staff and volunteers.
Later this month, MKM and TelBru will reconvene at selected commercial areas in Brunei-Muara alongside the recipients of TelBru’s contribution, which will provide these children with the opportunity to select their own personal belongings in hopes to offer further motivation for the academic year.
The programme is part and parcel of TelBru’s Corporate Social Responsibility that emphasises the importance of education especially among the younger generation. As the main telecommunications provider in the country, TelBru encourages other NGO’s to come forward with CSR opportunities for future collaboration.
Simultaneous to its other initiatives for the coming year, Telekom Brunei Berhad is laying heavy emphasis on its Smart Nation initiative as the company looks forward to introducing this futuristic concept to youth of schooling age throughout 2017.
Starting with Chung Hwa Middle School, the Smart Nation roadshow is part and parcel of the company’s continuous efforts in the wake of last year’s ICT Forum, aimed at promoting the importance of ICT development for the country’s economic growth and sustainability.
As it also compliments governmental efforts in raising awareness on the importance of ICT in day-to-day living, TelBru’s Smart Nation roadshow enhances the level of awareness among the country’s future leaders, many of whom have already shown potential in the creation of ICT related products. This is evident through their participation in several national and international competitions including BICTA, CIPTA as well as APICTA, with participants that include secondary school students across Brunei Darussalam.
The Smart Nation concept, steadily being adopted by many developing and developed countries throughout the world, is aimed at co-creating a future of better living through tech-enabled solutions, with existing and potential applications in, but not limited to, agriculture, power management, disaster relief and healthcare towards addressing global urban challenges.
With the consideration that progress for Smart Nation requires consolidated effort across various stakeholders ranging from the private sector, to educational institutions and policy makers, TelBru aspires to become the pioneering solutions-provider in the country through the likes of Internet-of-Things and big data over the backbone of TelBru’s continuous Fibre Optic rollouts.
Today’s roadshow also took the opportunity to introduce Brunei’s Smart Nation Online Community (SNOC) to encourage students to contribute their ideas, whilst at the same time exposing them to endless tech-solution possibilities shared by other members of TelBru’s SNOC comprising those from Brunei’s ICT community, researchers and general members of the public.
“We believe that the future of the nation is in the hands of our youth. Our roadshow is an integral component of what we hope will be part of their educational experience that highlights the importance of ICT. We hope that this introduction will become part of their development and progress towards contributing to Brunei’s Vision 2035,” explained Chief Marketing Officer Lim Ming Soon of TelBru’s decision to involve secondary schools in the country as in line with policies to facilitate a knowledge-based economy.
Witnessed as well during today’s event was a Memorandum of Understanding signing between TelBru and Chung Hwa, represented by Lim Ming Soon and principal Kho Guik Lan, that marks the beginning of a three-year relationship with opportunities to, among others, provide added-value educational experiences for Chung Hwa students under TelBru’s ICT expertise.
As part of the on-going awareness programme, TelBru will also open up registration from interested participants who wish to be part of the “Smart Nation Developer’s Bootcamp”, which will provide basic programming lessons for the development of IoT sensors and mobile applications.
Schools that wish to engage TelBru’s Smart Nation roadshows are encouraged to contact the company at its headquarters in Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex in the capital, or through TelBru’s various social media platforms.
TelBru’s collaboration with Non-Government Organisation Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) culminated in a day of shopping with 25 underprivileged children today (January 13) following a $5,000 handover ceremony that took place earlier this month.
The Corporate Social Responsibility project, in its third year running since it was introduced in 2014, aims to alleviate the financial burden faced by some of Brunei’s most vulnerable children. This year, the project focussed primarily on secondary school students with considerations being the need for more provisions for older children of schooling age.
The outing provided the children with the opportunity to select their own schooling essentials including uniforms for mainstream and religious school, shoes for both formal school wear and Physical Exercise and other necessities as the school year begins to intensify following the month-long break in December.
Several TelBru staff were assigned to recipients alongside MKM volunteers during the shopping run that not only provided support in making wise financial decisions but also towards inculcating the spirit of volunteerism among staff.
To date, the collaboration has aided close to 200 children of varying ages under the care of MKM.
TelBru’s Buttercrunch three-member team emerged champions in TelBru’s second such inter-department quiz competition that tested staffs’ knowledge on TelBru’s various products, services and processes currently made available to the general public.
With questions ranging from the latest bandwidth upgrade to the installation of nationwide WiFi across the country and TelBru’s Smart Nation initiative, the four competing teams in Friday night’s final hashed it out in a three-hour event following four consecutive days of preliminaries that pitted teams comprising a mixture of personnel across different departments to secure the top spot and taking home prizes.
A total of 14 groups participated in this year’s product quiz competition, which was held at the Orchid Garden Hotel that encouraged a continuous learning environment against the backdrop of friendly competition whilst promoting understanding of the company’s customer-centric objective among TelBru personnel as a means to better serve TelBru’s customers.
On hand to present prizes to the winner was Chief Executive Officer, Mr. David Kay, witnessed by TelBru’s senior management and other members of staff.
In its continuous efforts to supplement Brunei’s educational system related to the field of ICT with particular emphasis on Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections, TelBru today (January 19, 2017) accommodated visits to two of its exchanges in the Brunei-Muara and Belait districts for several Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) students and their accompanying lecturers.
The day’s agenda commenced at TelBru’s Gadong exchange where the company’s team of FTTH experts were on hand to provide presentations and briefings as part of the student’s ‘FTTH Link Design’ project. This was then followed with a trip to TelBru’s Sg. Taring facility in Belait to witness real-life deployment of TelBru’s fibre roll-out connections that caters to the needs of residents in Lumut and Seria.
This morning (January 20, 2017), the students and their accompanying lecturers will gather at TelBru’s Learning Centre (TLC) in Berakas to take part in hands-on experimental learning that will involve fibre splicing and related procedures in preparation for roll-outs.
Educational institutions wishing to organise trips for their students may do so by contacting TelBru directly or connect through any of the company’s social media platforms.
As its yearly ritual to usher in Chinese New Year, TelBru today organised its focal celebratory preparations with City Square customers that included the distribution of signatory red packets and customised cookies in a ceremony that kick started TelBru’s Chinese New Year campaign in all four districts.
A total of 3,000 cookies and hundreds of red packets have been earmarked for customers that conduct over-the-counter transactions at TelBru branches nationwide in a move to symbolise TelBru’s appreciation for the public’s continuous support.
On hand to welcome walk-in customers was Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Lim Ming Soon.
These TelBru merchandise will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) marked another milestone in setting the pace for ICT education in the country following another Memorandum of Understanding signing with Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning in a series of agreements that are setting the foundation for Brunei’s ICT development.
Attended by UTB’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr. Hajah Zohrah Binti Haji Sulaiman as the guest of honour alongside UTB’s Principal Officers and staff and TelBru’s senior management, the event that took place today (January 23, 2017) at Lecture Theatre 2 of the university witnessed the formalisation of the TelBru-UTB partnership that will establish several forms of collaboration over a five-year period.
Signing on behalf of TelBru was its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. David Kay, and witnessed by TelBru’s Head of Resourcing Dk. Surayani Binti Pg. Haji Tajuddin, whilst UTB was represented by the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Dr. Hajah Noor Maya binti Haji Md Salleh and witnessed by UTB’s Director of Industry Liaison Office, Jennifer Voon Nyuk Hiong.
The collaboration includes, among others, the development and delivery of academic programmes as well as industry-based technical programmes related to the Telecommunications Engineering and ICT industries; conducting research and development projects related to telecommunications engineering and ICT; sharing of information and educational materials; staff exchange programmes and; student attachment and supervised work experience.
One inaugural research project that is being initiated between TelBru and UTB is in the areas of Internet of Things (IOT) and Smart applications, specifically using LoRA/IOT technologies.
Additionally, the MoU contains sponsorship opportunities to qualified candidates for enrolment into the programme. Under this MOU, TelBru will undertake several responsibilities that includes making available its resources, expertise and facilities for the academic programme; on-the-job training and; provide assistance and support for selected students’ final year projects as coordinated by the university.
Similar to TelBru’s several other sponsorship programmes of the same calibre, offering sponsorship opportunities to UTB’s students is aimed at introducing to the public - especially potential job seekers and graduates - that TelBru is an employer of choice within the private sector whilst inculcating trust among the general Bruneian community.
Foresighted to harness local expertise and specialists in technical areas of ICT, students sponsored by TelBru will be well positioned to inherit some of the company’s responsibilities currently shouldered by expatriates within the next three to five years in a move that encourages local leaders to take the helm of among Brunei’s pertinent industries.
By providing support to the country’s younger generation, TelBru aims to facilitate the development of human capital as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme that is in line with Brunei’s Vision 2035. This initiative will also work towards developing talent in the telecommunications industry by immersing such students in real-life working environments, readying them for employment and providing them with the opportunity to apply theory into practice.
Patrons contemplating TelBru HSBB broadband plan upgrades can now do so online following continuous enhancements to TelBru’s services that aims to provide seamless experiences across the board.
Forgoing the traditional over-the-counter option, the online upgrades can be made through the ‘My TelBru’ app and ‘My TelBru’ online through TelBru’s website as part of the company’s initiative that aims to facilitate broadband plan transitions without the hassle of waiting in line.
In less than five simple auto-provision steps existing users are able to choose from TelBru’s list of broadband plans of various monthly charges, bandwidth speeds and data quota with immediate on-the-spot upgrade.
The service is exclusively available for residential customers on fibre connections, which will first require subscribers to download the latest ‘My TelBru’ app update available through Google Play for Andriod users and the Apple Store for iOS users or directly visit www.telbru.com.bn.
For more information, customers are encouraged to contact TelBru’s 111 Customer Care line or visit any of TelBru’s social media platforms.