BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Brunei’s largest mobile services provider, DST, is making its first expansion outside the sultanate to provide broadband services to Sarawak, in partnership with SACOFA Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian state’s leading ICT infrastructure firm.

DST announced the new joint venture in a media statement Tuesday, released after the exchange of documents at the International Digital Economy Conference in Kuching, Sarawak.

“We look forward to working together with SACOFA in realising the key objectives of our collaboration, that is to provide high quality and affordable broadband services in Sarawak”, said DST’s acting CEO Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni.

The joint venture followed the signing of MoU between the two companies in November 2017, resulting in the establishment of DST Sacofa Telecommunications Alliance (DSTA). 

According to the statement, DSTA’s business objectives include the acquisition, management, maintenance or provision of network facilities, network services, applications services and content applications service. 

SACOFA’s managing director, Mohamed Zaid Zaini, said when SACOFA launched its Open Fibre Infra Access last year, the aim was to promote sharing of facilities and allow retail service providers to enter the Sarawak market.

“We salute DST for making the bold move to enter the Sarawak market via DSTA. This collaboration draws on the strengths of SACOFA as an infrastructure provider and DST as a highly-reputable retail service provider.

“By combining our complementing skillsets and experience, we are confident of good synergy to achieve our objectives which will ultimately benefit Sarawak.”