Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore join APT

Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore join APT

Authorities from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have jointly agreed to align with the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700MHz band plan.

The APT 700MHz band is designed to offer improved data rates for mobile broadband users in the region, as well as enable wider coverage.

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), the Direktorat Jenderal Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika of Indonesia (DG SDPPI), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) are part of the group.

The Singapore minister for communications and information, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, announced the additions at the Infocomm Media Business Exchange 2013 (imbX) in Singapore this week.

"The agreement, which is in line with the APT band plan, will allow countries to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband, improve regional mobile, roaming, and provide more competitive mobile broadband services,” said Yaacob.

The 7000MHz frequencies are expected to be available by 2020, following the approaching switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting.

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