Cultivate Bistro opens at Progresif HQ

PROGRESIF Cellular yesterday announced that Cultivate Bistro as being the first business to set up shop at the Progresif Headquarters in Gadong.

Cultivate is not just any regular café. As a local food business, Cultivate seeks to help other micro, small and medium food companies discover their own potential and explore possibilities for business within the confines of a cultural and community hub that is Progresif headquarters.

At the same time, Cultivate will run a full-fledged kitchen with an enticing menu, serving both local and western cuisine.

Cultivate Bistro Manager Afizah Sim said, “At Cultivate, we seek to bring a dining experience to customers who wish to enjoy comfort food in a relaxed environment.

“At the same time, we want to provide a platform for home-based food businesses, giving them an opportunity to use Cultivate as a space for a few months to give them a glimpse of what it is like to run a food and beverage establishment.

“In doing so, they can explore and learn about the many ways to get their own businesses to grow out of their homes,” she said.

“If these businesses feel ready to establish their own branch, they would be better equipped with real world knowledge having gone through the experimental period. Otherwise, they could also return and use our infrastructure if they need to build more exposure,” she said.

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Cultivate Bistro Manager Afizah Sim (third from left) and her team
Cultivate Bistro Manager Afizah Sim (third from left) and her team

Progresif Chief Marketing Officer Devin Edwards said that Cultivate’s presence at its headquarters will reinforce the company’s commitment to support the development of local entrepreneurship.

“We’re pleased to have Cultivate established its branch at the Progresif Headquarters. We look forward to seeing them in action as they work on helping small local businesses develop further.

“Cultivate’s presence at our headquarters is aligned with our objectives for the headquarters to become a cultural and entrepreneurial hub for the local community,” he said.

As an added feature to the business, patrons of Cultivate will get the chance to see live broadcast sessions brought by deejays on Progresif Radio.

Progresif Headquarters seeks to become a central hub for all local, cultural and entrepreneurial activities.

The support for creative talents and local entrepreneurs will ultimately help stimulate the creative scene which can become an engine of growth for the local economy.

From Borneo Bulletin

Progresif reopens flagship Tutong store

PROGRESIF Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif) team has grown to 265 people, creating more than 130 jobs, and increased its customer base to more than 150,000.

This was revealed by Paul Taylor, Progresif ’s newly appointed CEO, in his speech during the opening of the renovated Progresif flagship store at Petani Mall in Tutong yesterday.

Taylor added that Progresif’s obligation to expand its business to help serve communities, help the economy by creating jobs, and investment in the development of the information and communication technology sector help the country progress in line with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Vision 2035.

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“We believe that quality of service is at the centre of what we do and providing the best customer service is one way we differentiate ourselves. In keeping with this critical theme, our flagship stores are built to offer a unique experience through a consultative approach, catering to the needs of our customers,” he said.

The store in Tutong was renovated to reflect the modern Progresif brand. Renovation, which took a few months to complete, was done to ensure that the store’s overall design and look emanate a progressive retail experience and feel.

The guest of honour Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Adanan, Progresif Board member, officiated the store’s launch.

Tutong District Officer Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Mohd Hussain, Legislative Council representative for Tutong YB Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong, Ade Nurismah Azurine bin Haji Ismail in her capacity as Chairman of the Tutong Municipal Department, and Nurul Haniah binti Haji Jaafar, Head of Legal and Regulatory of Progresif were also present.

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Bob Gill, Progresif’s Chief Sales Officer, said, “We are delighted to reopen our new retail experience store in Tutong, which is completely different to what we had before. Now, our customers can touch, feel and experience the latest technology in mobile handsets and tablets we have on offer.

“Our store team is also readily available to advise and recommend on which solution best fits the customers’ needs.”

Hafiza Mohamad, Progresif’s Corporate Communications Ma-nager, said, “The Progresif brand is all about constant improvement and progress. The company has grown so much in the last two years. Now, we’re happy to solidify our presence in Tutong with the refurbished store so that our customers can get a fresh perspective on the Progresif brand.”

Paul Taylor at helm of Progresif Cellular

PROGRESIF Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif)has appointed Paul Taylor as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the local telecommunication service provider to new heights.

Progresif made the announcement yesterday, adding that Taylor views customer experience improvements as his key priority.

“I can see that considerable progress has been made at the company and I would like to thank the management and staff for their hard work and the board for their unstinting support,” Taylor said.

“Overall, the year 2016/17 was very good for the company in terms of growth. I will continue to build on the good work that has been done to ensure that our service continues to expand and improve,” he added.

Taylor looks forward to further tapping into the pool of innovation, which will spell better value for customers and facilitate both the development of the economy and growth in new jobs.

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On that note, the new CEO thanks the customers for their support and trust, as well as believing in the Progresif brand story.

“Progresif has earmarked significant funds this year to further enhance its service capability countrywide. We will therefore continue to deliver innovative products and services as well as provide an enhanced level of customer service so that customers can enjoy a complete progressive experience,” he said.

A statement from Progresif Cellular read: An industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, Paul Taylor has held senior positions in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia during his career.

Progresif offers full service prepaid roaming

PROGRESIF Cellular has announced the launch of full-service roaming for all its prepaid customers, allowing roamers to have access to data, text and voice calls in Malaysia.

Progesif’s prepaid customers can now make direct calls and texts in Malaysia and use data to browse the internet and social media, “giving them the freedom to do more”, a press release said.

Customers can now roam on the Digi or Celcom mobile networks, at preferred rates, without having to use callback services or having to swap SIM cards.

Hafiza Mohamad, Corporate Communications Manager at Progresif, said that the new development gives prepaid customers the convenience that they need when travelling in Malaysia.

“This is just one of the ways that we are simplifying communi-cation for our customers. By having prepaid roaming available in Malaysia, our customers can enjoy using communication services with more convenience,” she said.

Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif, said the introduction of prepaid roaming is one step closer to “removing the differences between postpaid and prepaid services”.

Prepaid roaming will eventually be rolled out to cover more than 100 destinations where Progresif has roaming partners.

The pricing is available at its website www.progresif.com.

As the service is available to all prepaid customers, Progresif advised users who live close to bordering Malaysian towns or those travelling by boat to turn off data roaming to avoid unwanted charges.

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Progresif Cellular enters regional market

BRUNEI’S telecommunication service provider, Progresif Cellular, is paving the way for regional opportunities with its first participation at CommunicAsia2017, currently being held in Singapore.

The three-day trade show is a premier ICT sourcing and knowledge platform in the region, which features a comprehensive display of cutting-edge technology, to ensure that businesses in Asia and beyond stay up-to-date, and ready to tackle consumer demands in the modern economy.

During the event at Marina Bay Sands, Progresif introduced Progresif Solutions – the company’s new enterprise offering, which features the latest line of flexible and affordable business solutions – to the regional market.

According to Radi El Fassed, Head of Product Development at Progresif, “The event acts as a stage for Progresif to market enterprise solutions and connect with other industry players throughout the region.

“We’ve delivered innovation on many fronts for the local market. Now, we want to position ourselves in the region, so that we can promote cost-effective and quick-to-deploy solutions that add real value to help companies achieve their business goals,” he said.

Devin Edwards, Progresif’s Chief Marketing Officer, said that Progresif Solutions stemmed from a desire to expand the company’s product and service offerings beyond retail mobile communications, and into the enterprise sector.

“With Progresif Solutions, our ICT experts and partners work together with businesses to design and install solutions based on their needs,” he said. “This synergy enables us to understand the communication needs of businesses, which differ depending on the industry and stages of growth. Ultimately, companies are able to achieve cost savings while having the freedom to do more.”

Even as Progresif has waded into the enterprise arena, the company still maintains its momentum in support for local startups and innovation.

Last month, Progresif launched its own Startup Lab and announced Dart Logistics Sdn Bhd as the first company to join the lab.

The startup went on to unveil the DART app, Brunei’s first ride booking service, at Progresif Headquarters.

The app has since proved to be a hit with over 4,000 downloads so far.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information of Singapore and Dato Seri Setia Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Brunei’s Minister of Communications visiting the Progresif Cellular booth. – JAMES KON
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information of Singapore and Dato Seri Setia Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Brunei’s Minister of Communications visiting the Progresif Cellular booth. – JAMES KON

The Startup Lab is the latest initiative by Progresif to support the growth of innovation and entrepreneurship in Brunei, which is one of the company’s pillars for corporate social responsibility.

At CommunicAsia, Progresif will also be looking to networking with potential partners to collaborate with the Startup Lab and enable it to grow into a dynamic platform, where startups will be able to grow and thrive in a competitive business environment.

Progresif unveils Startup Lab

PROGRESIF Cellular announced yesterday its latest initiative to support the growth of innovation through its Startup Lab as part of the commitment to support entrepreneurship which is one of the pillars of the company’s corporate social responsibility.

Joining the initiative as the first company at the Startup Lab yesterday was Dart Logistics Sdn Bhd. Dart Logistics will be introducing its DART app, which is claimed to be the first ride booking service in Brunei.

“Startups play an important role in shaping an economy because of their ability to innovate new products. By having the Startup Lab, Progresif is creating an environment that gives new companies the chance to grow and thrive in a highly competitive business environment,” said Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif.

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The establishment of the Startup Lab is another example of the company making strides in supporting the growth of local innovation, he added.

“The investment into creating the Progresif Startup Lab reflects our outlook on innovation. By looking at future possibilities, we can bring ourselves closer to it and reap the benefits of the results,” he said.

The Progresif Startup Lab is located at the company’s new headquarters in Gadong and is designed to accommodate multiple startup businesses that will gain full access to support services that are essential for their business.

Radi El Fassed, Head of Product and Business Development, said that Progresif has been deeply involved in startup initiatives since 2015.

“We have provided training for the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA), DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) Startup Bootcamp and the IGNITE Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Progresif Startup Lab is the next logical step and enables startups to take full advantage of everything Progresif has to offer in areas like marketing, finance, legal and network services.”

Meanwhile, Zul’Amali bin Dato Paduka Haji Idris, founder of Dart Logistics, said the support provided under the Progresif Startup Lab will help improve the business foundation of the company.

“We are excited to be part of this new development with Progresif and look forward to working closely with them in growing our business.”

“As Brunei’s first ride booking service, Dart Logistics aims to become the most trusted transport option. We believe that the DART app has the potential to create more jobs for locals, boost earnings of taxi drivers and improve passenger experience at the same time.

“One of our main objectives is to partner with local taxis with the DART app which will give taxi operators access to passengers demands throughout the day and night, while still utilising the metered fares. Ultimately, we want to improve the variety of choices for transportation in Brunei,” he said, adding that that service is expected to be ready in the coming weeks.

Registrations to become part of Progresif Startup Lab are now open. Applicants can visit http://progresif.com/home/startuplab.

Taken from Borneo Bulletin

CoNECT With Progresif: UBD Students Get Heads Up Into Industry

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Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), through the Centre of Networking, Employment and Career Training (CoNECT) is organising an on-campus corporate profiling event, in collaboration with Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif).

The event, “CoNECT with Progresif”, consists of a number of career talks and workshops, two competitions, as well as a Progresif popup booth for three days from 10th April until 13th April 2017 at UBD’s Main Library and Business Library. The corporate profiling event, the first of more to come, was officiated by Associate Professor Dr. Mohammad Ayub Sadiq @ Lin Naing, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), at the Learning Commons space of the UBD Main Library.

The objective of the collaboration is to provide the opportunity for students and Progresif to engage with one another and exchange information through career-related activities, in line with UBD’s long standing effort to equip its students and graduates with the skills relevant to the Brunei and international market as well as part of Progresif’s continuous commitment to be a positive influence in the local community.

During the three-day event, students and alumni of UBD have the opportunity to be involved in one-on-one interaction with Progresif representatives, participate in talks on “Job Hunting”, “Industry Insight” and “Entrepreneurship Principles” as well as a CV-writing clinic facilitated by the Progresif team. In addition to that, UBD students can team up for the “Business Competition” or compete individually in the “Hot Seat Competition”, which is open only to final year students. They stand the chance to win hands-on experience of an interview situation.

Last year, Progresif signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UBD to establish a strategic relationship to foster collaboration in the areas of education, innovation, research and development.

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A milestone for Progresif as 4G trial begins

PROGRESIF Cellular Sdn Bhd announced yesterday that they have submitted an official request to start a trial of their 4G network.

The application was filed with the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) which starts off a process – subject to AITI approval – could bring Progresif’s first 4G cell sites online within the next three months.

Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer at Progresif said, “This is a significant milestone for Progresif as the trial will start a major network development initiative which will drastically improve coverage and bring 4G speeds and a suite of enhanced services to our customers over the next year.”

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“Activating our 4G network provides the foundation to bring greater innovation, data rich applications, enhanced multimedia services and helps to deepen our investment in education and entrepreneurship,” he said.

Over the past two years, Progresif has invested over $20 million to enhance and expand their network. As of today, the effort has resulted in a near doubling of the number of cell sites with another significant coverage expansion effort in process in preparation for a full 4G launch.

Peter Rubeck, Progresif’s Chief Technology Officer said, “Customers on our network have grown from only 20,000 to more than 150,000 subscribers over the last two years. This has required us to build and expand our coverage and capacity to keep up with demand.”

“The next phase of development will prepare for 4G by drastically improving areas where we have limited coverage or congestion because of high volumes of traffic,” he said.

A 4G network is not just about having increased speeds for end users. A study conducted by the multinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) predicted a global ‘burst of innovation’ that would be facilitated by the expansion of 4G networks which was not as prominent when network operators moved from 2G to 3G.

According to PwC, innovation coming from 4G would spawn new use cases involving proprietary and third party multimedia applications including, streaming video and TV content from the cloud, mobile gaming, mobile video conferencing and voice over IP with minimal latency.

With the higher bandwidth and lower latency, 4G has the capability to drive data-heavy industries and support the proliferation of upcoming devices with new applications such as virtual and augmented reality.

A 4G network could support new applications such as remote monitoring, big data enabled applications and medical diagnosis when paired with improved imaging sensors and advanced computing.

Progresif Marketing Communications Manager, Hafiza Mohamad said, “As a progressive communications company, Progresif is already developing innovative 4G based services which enrich the use of communications to greatly benefit our customers and the economy of Brunei.”

Progresif unveils latest creative tech magazine

PROGRESIF Cellular has released the newest edition of its quarterly in-house magazine featuring extensive coverage on the local creative scene along with latest developments on global technology.

The 73-page magazine contains exclusive stories on creative individuals from writers and performance artists to fashion designers and architects, all of whom have made immense contributions to help build the country’s creative scene.

Within the pages, Progresif features inspirational Bruneians philanthropic work overseas while the page on tech trends cover stories on the latest in global technology.

The magazine also carries updates on Progresif’s new headquarters, a range of Progresif products and initiatives and a number of events that are tied to Progresif’s business and corporate social responsibility programme.

Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif, Devin Edwards, said that public reception for the magazine has been positive since its first issue in 2015.

“The support from the community has helped Progresif magazine evolve into a platform for driving awareness and support for our corporate social responsibility pillars of education, entrepreneurship, arts and culture and environment.

“We look forward to a next level of innovation in expanding this strategy beyond print to other media to give even greater support in highlighting all the great talent, ideas and progressive initiatives throughout Brunei and beyond,” he said.

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As a way to acknowledge the local creative scene, Progresif has also partnered with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the Brunei Creative Council (BCC) to create an online directory of creative professionals in eight categories: architecture, advertising, pub-lishing, multimedia, crafts, fashion, visual arts, music and performance arts.

This directory will help both creative companies and freelance professionals to gain access to the vast array of creative services and opportunities in Brunei.

Creative companies or individuals that fall into the aforementioned categories can register themselves into the database at http://progresif.com/home/creativecommunity.

Progresif magazine is a platform highlighting develop-ments in the country and the world.

It seeks to keep readers updated on not just about the global tech industry but also how these developments are deeply connected to the country’s own growth process.

The magazine is printed by Brunei Press.

This is just the beginning of Progresif’s expansion into the media space, with more media initiatives planned as the company increases its engagements with local events and other on-the-ground developments in the country.

Progresif magazine can be found at the nearest Progresif store and also available for download at http://progresif.com/home/progresifebrochure.

Taken From: Borneo Bulletin