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World Telecommunication & Information Society Day 2020,17 May 2020 Theme: “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”
  1. The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated today to increase awareness on the tremendous possibilities that ICT can bring to the societies and economies. The theme for WTISD 2020, "Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)", reflects on the ICT advances for transition to smart and sustainable development.
  2. The theme focused on specific ICT - enabled solutions and emerging trends for fostering economic, environmental and social sustainability, contributing to the five strategic goals of the Connect 2030 Agenda: Growth, Inclusiveness, Sustainability, Innovation and Partnership.
  3. Based on ITU's 2019 Global and Regional ICT statistics, 53.6% of the global population are now using the Internet. However, an estimated 3.6 billion remain offline especially at the Least Developed Countries. On the other hand, Internet usage in developed countries is nearing saturation levels, with close to 87% of individuals are online.
  4. For Brunei Darussalam, Alhamdulillah, connectivity has now become a key requirement. This is in line with the vision of the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) in its Strategic Plan 2025, towards a 'Connected Smart Nation'.
  5. According to the Brunei Darussalam ICT Household Report 2019, 95% of individuals use the Internet on daily basis. As of 2019, mobile phone usage has reached 134% of the population. Meanwhile, coverage of 4G services ranges from 70% to 98% across all the four districts.
  6. In Brunei Darussalam, several initiatives on new technologies applications such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data have been implemented by various Ministries and agencies under a whole of nation collaboration to mitigate the COVID-19 situation. Online services by the government and private sectors have been expanded to further accelerate service delivery to the public.
  7. To further facilitate online learning for students, a donation drive for computer devices have been jointly organized by the Ministry of Education, MTIC and AITI. MTIC would like to take this opportunity to thank all generous donors who have contributed to the donation drive. To date, more than 1,600 units of computer devices have been received to be distributed to the students in need.
  8. In moving towards a Connected Smart Nation, MTIC continues its support for more collaborative efforts amongst Government agencies, GLCs, the private sector and the users, to address the main five strategic goals of the Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda.

MTIC PR - 17 May 2020