Progresif extends Unlimited Plan to tourists

PROGRESIF Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif) announced yesterday that it is extending its Unlimited Plan to tourists, giving them the complete freedom of communication during their time in the Sultanate, according to a press release.

The plan lets tourists enjoy unlimited local calls, text messages and data browsing. Alternatively, they can opt for unlimited calls and text along with 1GB of local data browsing, the release said.

For tourists venturing into the neighbouring Malaysian towns, the plan will enable them to roam and communicate freely without the hassle of having to exchange their SIM.

The experience of unlimited communication is further augmented with immediate access to transportation services through DART, Brunei’s first ride booking service.

The app, available on the Apple Store and Google Play, enables tourists to seamlessly get around the Sultanate and find their way to the most iconic attractions in the country.

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According to the press release, visitors can also browse the Brunei Tourism website for free on the Progresif network with no worry of data consumption.

Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif, said the Unlimited Plan reinforces the company’s commitment to unlimited possibilities by having the freedom to do more in communication.

“We’ve already been an active enabler of communication for tourists, and a strong presence at the Brunei International Airport. Our new tourist plan sets the standard for communications for tourists who need a reliable outlet for communication before they explore the country.”

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Over $90k donated through SMS Brunei Prihatin for DANA

A TOTAL of $93,761 was collected from the SMS Brunei Prihatin for the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA), a collaboration project between DST Communications Sdn Bhd and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd since November 24, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

From the total amount, DST subscribers contributed $81,819 while Progresif subscribers contributed the balance $11,942.

This was disclosed by Dato Paduka Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny, Managing Director of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (Yayasan), in his welcoming speech at the DANA Incentive Award for Excellent Student 2017 (APIC-DANA 2017) yesterday at the Multipurpose Hall of the Yayasan Complex in the capital.

The ceremony also saw the presentation of the SMS Brunei Prihatin Contributions for DANA 2016-2017.

Apart from contributions by subscribers, DST also presented its own contribution of $20,000 while Progresif Cellular presented $1,525.15 collected from the public through the DANA funds set up at the company’s counters.

On behalf of DANA, Dato Paduka Eddie expressed his appreciation and hopes that such noble efforts will continue to help orphans in the country.

Officiating at the ceremony and receiving the SMS Brunei Prihatin contributions on behalf of DANA was Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education in his capacity as the Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors.

Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi, receiving the SMS Brunei Prihatin contributions from Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Adanan, a board member of Progresif
Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi, receiving the SMS Brunei Prihatin contributions from Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Adanan, a board member of Progresif
Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education in his capacity as the Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors, receiving the contributions from Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Hussain, the CEO of DST. – PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD
Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education in his capacity as the Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors, receiving the contributions from Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Hussain, the CEO of DST. – PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

The ceremony began with the mass recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Hamdy bin Emran, Assistant Officer Islamic Calligraphy and Arts Learning Centre, followed by the presentation of the SMS Brunei Prihatin Contributions for DANA 2016-2017.

Presenting on behalf of DST was Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Hussain, the CEO of DST, while Progresif was represented by Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Adanan, a board member of Progresif.

Meanwhile, 10 orphans who excelled in public examinations last year were feted at the APIC-DANA 2017.

Five students are recipients of the PSR category while the other five are recipients of the SSSRU (Primary Six Religious Schools Certificate) category.

Recipients of the PSR category comprising Mohd Shayzul Khairuddeen Shah bin Abdullah @ Mohd Ryan, Muhd Wafiy Radhiy bin Aminuddin, Najihah binti Haji Najdi, Muhd Faiz bin Haji Mat Yassin and Norzaem Mierza Darwisy bin Jaini, each received a certificate of appreciation, a computer and printer, and a two-year learning facilities package in the form of $400.

SSSRU recipients comprising Nur Syarah Basirah binti Yahya, Siti Nur Afifah Khairiyah binti Muhd Nor Arif, Nurakilah Syadzwani binti Abdullah Mohd Ronney, Ummi Fasihah binti Haji Talipuddin and Adi Nurhanani binti Mohd Ali, each received a certificate, a computer and printer, and a $500 cash savings credited directly to their DANA account in TAIB.

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Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi presenting the prizes to a recipient of the DANA Incentive Award for Excellent Student 2017
Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi presenting the prizes to a recipient of the DANA Incentive Award for Excellent Student 2017

Show of cultures

CROWDS of people gathered Saturday night at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre to enjoy multicultural performances from around the region at Progresif Cellular’s 3rd Cultural Night.

The three-hour programme was held in conjunction with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 71st Birthday celebration.

The event’s guest of honour was Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adnan, a Board member of Progresif.

He was accompanied by Paul Taylor, the CEO of Progresif, as well as members of management and stakeholders.

Other invitees and attendees included partners from the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports (MCYS), Brunei Tourism, the Indonesian, Philippine and Indian embassies, as well as Filipino, Permai (Indonesian) and Indian associations.

The event’s guest of honour, Board member Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adnan, with Paul Taylor, the CEO of Progresif
The event’s guest of honour, Board member Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adnan, with Paul Taylor, the CEO of Progresif
Fun quizzes with members of the public. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Fun quizzes with members of the public. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON
A Chinese lantern dance
A Chinese lantern dance

The night showcased the rich diversity of cultures in Brunei through a series of dance and song performances.

They included the traditional Iban welcoming dance ‘Ngajat’, the Bollywood dance and Chinese lantern dance, among many others.

The event culminated with a final performance entitled ‘United Towards a Progresif Brunei’, which brought together all 116 performers of different nationalities and cultures together to end a night filled with creativity.

Apart from the performances, Progresif also gave away prizes through some fun quizzes participated by audience members.

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Progresif to hold Cultural Night in conjunction with His Majesty’s 71st birthday

PROGRESIF Cellular Sdn Bhd will be hosting its third Cultural Night at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre tomorrow at 7.30pm, where members of the public will be treated to a night of music and multicultural performances from around the region.

The three-hour event is held in conjunction 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 71st birthday celebrations.

The night will showcase the rich diversity of cultures in Brunei through a series of dance and song performances; from the traditional Iban welcoming dance Ngajat to performances by the Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Filipino communities in Brunei.

The event will culminate in a final performance entitled ‘United Towards a Progresif Brunei’ which brings together all 116 performers of different nationalities and cultures together to end a night full of creativity.

One of the many performances that the public can expect during the show tomorrow at JP Amphitheatre
One of the many performances that the public can expect during the show tomorrow at JP Amphitheatre

Apart from the performances, there will also be fun quizzes with the audience participation to further enliven the Cultural Night. Admissions for the event will be free of charge and is open to members of the public.

The event will be attended by Progresif Board Members, company management and representatives from the High Commissions and Embassies.

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Farming tips on your fingertips

THE local tech start-up AGROME IQ that provides agricultural business intelligence and analytics technology to farmers yesterday launched SPROUT (iQ), its first consumer product that allows virtually everyone to grow their own crops through its educational platform.

AGROME IQ Founder Vanessa Teo also shared plans to roll out the new product to the Asean region and later in the global foray as it takes off in its exciting journey.

Brunei-based AGROME IQ was launched in September last year and provides agriculture business intelligence and data analytics platform that provides farmers with the information to make effective decisions on their farm management process.

The idea came towards the end of Teo’s PhD in Agriculture Modelling with IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) when she identified that most farmers do not have access to the right information to support their decision-making to develop more profitable and sustainable farm systems.

AGROME IQ uses their platform to directly provide applicable information and technology to support growers to create more productive and efficient farm systems.

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Since AGROME IQ’s launch, various clients in the country have signed up. It is in talks with one of the largest rice exporters in Vietnam and also working closely with the Brunei Government to help farmers improve crop yields via its program. Recently, they established their second office in the UK at the Royal Agriculture University, Cirencester.

During SPROUT (iQ)’s launching at the Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd headquarters in Gadong yesterday evening, Teo explained that the extension of their services is aimed for the consumer market, catering towards the urban farmer.

SPROUT (iQ) is paired with the AGROME (iQ) platform’s agricultural business intelligence and data analytics elements. The new platform is an urban farming educational platform and workshop series which addresses the needs of people who want to learn how to start farming and the processes involved.

“By the year 2050 there will be nine billion people living on earth. Food security and food sustainability is a key issue that everyone on the planet faces,” the company said in a statement. “AGROME IQ is making a step in the right direction in terms of optimising farming systems not only for today but also forecasting and paving the way for future innovations and creations in the high technology and productivity arena for agriculture.”

The company added that SPROUT (iQ) was launched in Brunei to highlight their partnerships and supporters, both government and private sectors, as their supports have been instrumental in the startup’s development.

“We are happy to announce that local telecommunications company Progresif Cellular will provide us funding to help run the Sprout (iQ) platform in three selected schools. We will be progressively launching the platform in Asean over the next year and hence, bringing the platform to our clients in the region,” said Teo.

Meanwhile, the revolutionary Indonesian hyperlocal transport, logistics and payments startup Go-Jek Co-Founder Dayu Dara Permata, who was special guest at the event, spoke of her impression of Teo.

“I met Vanessa a year ago in one of the most prestigious Women Leadership Initiatives in Southeast Asia, where we spent a week together to talk about some of world’s most pressing issues and ideate solutions to solve it. Every woman leader in that leadership camp I met was special, but Vanessa was truly one of a kind. She shared with me how she is extremely passionate about empowering the most marginalised profession in this world, that is the farmer, and thus sustaining global food security.”

Vanessa said that the launch of their new product aligns with their vision of helping growers with the right information to begin and efficiently maintain their farming journey.

“We have focussed on modernising the process of traditional learning by integrating the platform and workshops so that growers can receive farm management guidelines on a daily basis while also, sharing with the community their progress and produce,” she said.

Also present at the event were the CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board Soon Loo, and CEO of Progresif Paul Taylor.

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Localisation core focus of Progresif, BGC

PROGRESIF Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif) has pledged to continue with its efforts to stay progressive in support of the country’s Vision 2035 aspirations.

One of the ways the company is helping to realise this ambitious vision is through employing more locals in its workforce, said Normah binti Ahmad, Progresif’s Government Relationship Manager, yesterday during the 14th Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration where Progresif was one of the participating exhibitors.

“When Progresif first started, we only had about 123 employees and currently we have under our employment 263 staff where 95 per cent are locals, and this is not the only progress we are making, but god willing, Progresif will be providing more sophisticated technology with the bringing in of the 4G network,” Normah told the Bulletin.

Progresif has also been active in supporting a number of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities – mostly colla-borating with parties such as Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), where it has started constructing a new building to help young entrepreneurs, she noted.

One of the recent successes from such collaborations is DART – Brunei’s first taxi and ride booking service app – while Progresif has also assisted a select group of UBD students with their car-making project.

Normah binti Ahmad, Progresif Cellular’s Government Relationship Manager during an interview
Normah binti Ahmad, Progresif Cellular’s Government Relationship Manager during an interview
Progresif senior officials in a group photo during the exhibition at the 14th Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Progresif senior officials in a group photo during the exhibition at the 14th Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Hari Raya Aidilfitri

These aside, Normah also highlighted that it is Progresif’s hope to step onto the international arena by marketing Progresif not just as Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, but as a Bruneian product.

The opening of its branch at the Brunei International Airport has helped support Brunei’s Tourism Development Department’s efforts in promoting tourism to the country, with Progresif offering a number of attractive mobile packages for tourists coming into Brunei.

“We are also in support of education in Brunei with the offering of our data plan for students; these are the two areas that Progresif takes pride in as the response has been very encouraging and positive,” she added.

She further disclosed that the company is aiming to grab 30 per cent of the market, stating that it plans to achieve this by constantly innovating and progressing in terms of their offered products and technologies.

Brunei Gas Carriers’ senior management pose for photo during the exhibition. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Brunei Gas Carriers’ senior management pose for photo during the exhibition. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Meanwhile, John Douglas Cook, Managing Director of Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC), another exhibitor at the event, mentioned that BGC currently has 70 per cent of fleet staff who are Bruneians.

“This is part of the initiative towards creating a 100 per cent local workforce as we move forward; a key aspect of BGC at present is the development of Bruneian seafarers from cadet level all the way up to top-ranking officers.

“BGC’s current business opportunities are centred on the provision of shipping services to Brunei LNG – to help in the export of LNG to customers in the region. Today, we do that safely and reliably – a key aspect of our day-to-day work, which goes hand in hand with the development of a skilled Bruneian crew.”

BGC’s short term target is to become a fully-fledged self-functioning ship owner and ship manager by 2020.

It currently has a close working relationship with Shell, which provides them with operational support.

“At the same time it is also about looking at other aspects of shipping within Brunei where (BGC) can help grow and perhaps diversify its business to help support some of the ongoing developments, such as Hengyi Industries in Muara or (providing) maritime expertise to the Brunei Marine Department,” said the managing director.

“We aim to be the leading developer of local shipping and maritime skills, and we will grow BGC in support of Brunei Vision 2035.”

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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.

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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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