Signing Ceremony Between AITI and IDA International on Brunei Darussalam .bn Domain Name Management Framework

A signing ceremony was held between the Authority of Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and IDA International (IDAI). The signing ceremony was for the consultancy services to develop, implement and support implementation of the domain name management framework of .bn domains in Brunei Darussalam.
The signing ceremony was held in Dewan Seri Kerna, B13, AITI Building, Anggerek Desa.
The Guest of Honour for the signing ceremony was Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Awang Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya DiGadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Awang Mohamad Taha, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and as his capacity as Chairman of AITI.
In attendance was the Chief Executive of AITI, Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, CEO of IDA International, Mr Seah Chin Siong, management and staff of AITI.
The event started with a welcoming speech by Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin. In his opening remarks, he mentioned that the development of the Domain Name Management framework will lay the foundation for the development and growth of .bn domain names in Brunei Darussalam. The project will also ensure that the practice for the registration of “.bn” domain name is in line with the international best practices. The project will also be looking into reviewing the existing “.bn” domain registration fee to make it more cost effective for businesses and government agencies.
​Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin acknowledged that local companies have not been using the “.bn” addresses widely in their online presence in the Internet. There is currently only 1,000 .bn domain names registered in Brunei Darussalam as compared to 132,000 .my domain in Malaysia and 136,000 .sg domain in Singapore.
The Chief Executive of AITI highlighted that AITI intends to play a more active role in the governing of the registration of .bn domain names and ensure that the uptake of .bn addresses is on par with other countries in the region. AITI will create various initiatives such as increasing the number of operators to register “.bn” domain, outreach and awareness program, online domain name applications and introducing more value added services for “.bn” addresses.
In closing the Chief Executive expressed his appreciation for the good cooperation that AITI, IDA and IDA International over the past years. He hoped that the success of this project will further strength the good bilateral relationship between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.
This was followed by the signing of contract between AITI and IDAI. For AITI the signatories were Haji Yahkup Bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive and Haji Jailani Bin Haji Buntar, Assistant Chief Executive while representing IDAI was Mr Seah Chin Siong, CEO of IDA International. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications.