Phone lines are common throughout Brunei and are considered of a very high standard with good connections to Europe, the US and East Asia. There are over 80 thousand main lines in use with over 340 thousand mobile phones active, subscription-wise, there are over 180 thousand mobile subscribers. The country not only uses underwater cable links to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, it also hs two Intelsat satellite earth stations including one Indian and one Pacific. Subscriptions to 3G services are frequent and 4G services are also becoming increasingly common.
Under the company TelBru through the Brunet department, Brunei’s internet services are mainly monopolized and as such are considered the most expensive broadband services in the world at 512kbit/s to 1Mbit/sfor around BND 128 per month ($101 or £61). However, TelBru has recently began deploying high speed FTTH networks and is aiming to provide these services to over 87% of the population by 2017 and believes that this will provide speeds of up to 100Mbit/s. Within the country, there are over 15 thousand Internet hosts, over 200 thousand Internet users and two ISPs, Brunet and Simpurnet. The country’s top code is .bn.
There are four TV broadcast stations active. Radio-wise, stations are transmitted on 18 different frequencies on AM 1, FM 2 and Shortwave 0.