Singapore and Brunei Darussalam have committed to reduce the prevailing roaming rates for mobile phone users by the first quarter of 2013.
This was jointly announced by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications, Brunei Darussalam and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Singapore, today at the sidelines of the Ministerial Forum which was held as part of the annual Infocomm Media Business Exchange 2012, Asia's largest infocomm and media platform.
This move is part of building strong bilateral ties between the two countries. The Ministers have tasked the telecoms regulators of Brunei and Singapore to work with mobile operators to reduce the roaming rates, according to a joint statement issued by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).
According to the press release, both the wholesale inter-operator charges and the retail subscriber charges will be reviewed.
"Brunei and Singapore enjoy a long history of warm friendship with strong cooperation in a wide range of issues of mutual interests, including infocomm issues," said Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Singapore. "This collaboration seeks to provide cross-border communication at a lower cost for the people of Brunei and Singapore. It would also enhance and reduce the cost of doing business between the two countries."
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