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, Hengyi pen landmark data connection and solutions deal

PROGRESIF Cellular will provide high-speed data connection and solutions for Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd’s project site in Pulau Muara Besar (PMB) and headquarters at The Empire Hotel & Country Club following the signing of a landmark deal on Thursday.

According to a statement from Progresif, the signing of the agreement with Hengyi paves the way for Progresif Solutions – a new service from the company providing the latest line of flexible and affordable business solutions to fit the needs of government organisations and private businesses.

Roger Plahay, Acting CEO of Progresif, said the deal sets the stage for the company to continue pursuing innovative solutions for businesses in Brunei.

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“This agreement is a great example of our approach to doing business, and is the result of the Progresif team working closely with the team at Hengyi to craft a solution that delivers value and real results.

“We’re providing critical connectivity to facilitate business development and site safety that helps with the progress of a major development initiative in Brunei.

“As Progresif looks to expand our product and service offerings beyond mobile communications, enterprise solutions represent a great opportunity for us to continue delivering innovation through a consultative and collaborative approach.

“We can provide cost-effective and quick-to-deploy solutions that add real value to our customers and help achieve their mission-critical business objectives,” he said.

Yap Boon Hui, Hengyi’s Senior Manager for Information Systems, said, “This is an important milestone for Hengyi Industries and Progresif Cellular.

“The agreement exemplifies how two?companies from different industries can work closely together and achieve?a win-win situation.

“The solution that Progresif provides allows us to communicate globally through high quality data connectivity. It will enable us to transmit and receive critical data relating to the operations and safety of our people and facilities,” he added.

Meanwhile, Radi El Fassed, Head of Product Development at Progresif, said that Progresif Solutions focuses on understanding the communication needs of businesses, which can vary depending on factors such as industry and stages of growth.

“With Progresif Solutions, we have ICT experts and partners working with our customers to design, install and operate complex solutions that are based on the needs of our customers. We believe in giving users the freedom to do what they want instead of offering pre-packaged plans that do not match their needs.”

As the business environment becomes increasingly compe-titive, both government and private enterprises are constantly finding ways to better manage their ICT resources for outcomes that result in accelerated growth.

Organisations and enterprises need a flexible, affordable and high quality service that matches their needs and can be developed further as their company grows.

 

Taken From: Borneo Bulletin

Progresif unveils new unlimited plan

PROGRESIF has announced the launch of a plan which they state has been two years in the making. The new unlimited plan provides subscribers with unlimited data, calls and text messages for only $90 per month.

The plan was designed to be simple and straightforward so users don’t have to worry about their monthly usage or being surprised by hidden fees or overage when they receive their bills.

Corporate Communication Manager, Hafiza binti Mohamad, stated that “the plan was designed as part of our ongoing strategy to make communication accessible and simple for everyone”.

“We spend a lot of time talking and listening to our customers, so that we can stay in touch and provide what they want, rather than a one size fits all approach with packages that may not address customers’ needs and can often be confusing,” she added.

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The new Progresif Unlimited plan is available for both prepaid and postpaid customers and is designed to make things simpler for everyone, so if $90 doesn’t fit your budget, you can still get unlimited local voice and text for just $20 and then add on as much data as you need.

Progresif has also reported completion of an additional six cell sites in the last two months and reports a growing customer base with more than 150,000 active subscribers.

Acting CEO Roger Plahay commented, “As Progresif continues to grow and develop our network, we aim to continue providing good value for our customers in line with our constantly improving quality of service.”

“The growth of our network, for both coverage and capacity, is critical to starting our trials for 4G, so that when we launch we provide the experience that our customers desire and deserve,” he added.

The new Unlimited Plan is available starting February 27.

Progresif announces four pillars for social responsibility

PROGRESIF Cellular Sdn Bhd has announced its commitment to help support the vision of 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, to develop Brunei into one of the world’s most advanced nations, through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy which will see the company invest in Education, Arts & Culture, Environment and Entrepreneurship.

According to a press statement, the move to devote resources in these four pillars is part of Progresif’s plan to support His Majesty’s goal for highly skilled people, a sustainable economy and a quality of life which is among the top nations in the world, as envisioned in Brunei Vision 2035.

Education – In a world that is increasingly competitive and knowledge-based, Progresif will dedicate resources and innovation to help prepare Brunei students to compete and contribute at the highest level.

Arts & Culture – In collaboration with young and upcoming talent from all across the kingdom, Progresif is working with many communities in Brunei to stimulate, support and share creativity that will teach and inspire us all.

Environment – Brunei is defined by a unique environment that requires a delicate balance between technology, history, culture and nature. Progresif is committed to policies and practices that ensure the proper conservation of the natural environment and cultural habitat and that deliver the highest level of health, safety and environmental stewardship.

Entrepreneurship – Progresif has achieved success on the very principles of innovation, creativity and collaboration that drive the entrepreneurial spirit. So the company understands the impact that local business development can have on Brunei and have committed leadership, knowledge and resources to help entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

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Progresif has partnered with top bloggers in Brunei to join together to create Brunei’s Biggest Flat Lay competition, with the goal of promoting awareness of their support of the four pillars of Progresif CSR projects. Working with local bloggers and The Collective, they gathered items that represent the four areas of focus which would be used to create their annual calendars which would in turn serve to gather ongoing support and reinforce their CSR focus throughout the year.

Corporate Communications Manager, Hafiza Mohamad commented, “Our approach to CSR, as with all we do at Progresif, is to collaborate with individuals and organisations, to achieve synergy, and in doing so derive even greater value for the communities we serve.”

The participating local bloggers formed teams to help collect the materials and the winning team was asked to select a charity to receive a donation of $2,500 sponsored by Progresif. Team @emmagoodegg and @lipstickmyname came out as the winner, and chose to donate to the children at Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA).

Progresif has also partnered with big local corporations and non-government organisations (NGOs) to support strategies on CSR activities, and to name a few was the BIBD ALAF in October 2015 which had their CSR programme on community-funded education fund named ALAF (Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future). ALAF lends a helping hand to underprivileged and orphaned students by supporting them through education all the way to graduation.

Meanwhile, on environmental aspects, Progresif engaged with Green Brunei for their 2nd Remarkable race in March 2016, a race focusing on promoting green awareness through a series of challenges or obstacles designed to test players’ knowledge on the environment, a press release said.

Progresif has also shown continuous support for entrepreneurs in Brunei through initiatives with iCentre and DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) as well as Arts & Culture through their work with local visual and performing artists and related businesses.

Progresif Introduced Uni Plans at the Big BWN Cookout Event

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THE open parking area opposite the Royal Regalia in the capital was enlivened with street culture enthusiasts and local young entrepreneurs yesterday, ending the final Sunday of September on a high note.
Dubbed as the BWN Street Festival, the event was organised by Big BWN Cookout and supported by Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd. It aimed to showcase local talents in art, fashion, music and sports.
The founder of Big BWN Cookout, Noorhafizah Hj Rashid, said that event hopes to recognise street culture and promote sportsmanship as well as entrepreneurship.
“A total of 35 vendors are joining us today, where more than half are new and haven’t been exposed to such events. They’re very underground so it’s interesting, and there hasn’t been much public-private event focusing on youth in Bandar Seri Begawan, so this is a good start.”
“We also want to remove social stigma related to graffiti, skateboarding and those along the lines where Bruneians generally associate it with negative element. This isn’t always true and we want to break the stereotype,” she said.
Meanwhile, Corporate Communications Manager of Progresif Hafiza Mohamad, said: “Progresif’s main goal is to connect with the community, and what better way to reach out to the community by supporting an event organised by Bruneian youth.”
She added: “We have also been supportive of entrepreneurship as our corporate social responsibility strategy to support education, environment, culture and arts.”
Progresif also set up a booth and held a prelaunch sale of its Uni Plan. It is the telco’s latest plan that caters to university and college students aged 18 to 30 years old.
The plan, will be officially launched on October 2 at all Progresif stores, is available in weekly plan for $7 per week, or the monthly plan for $25 per month.
Among the local entrepreneurs who joined yesterday’s event were Lokal Ground, The Krema, HZR BBQ Services, Vastpot Icrecream, Coulee, Funkey Monkey Burgers, Wardrobes Inc and Sneaker Trailer.
There were also street art, graffiti demonstration and doodle jam by Stain BN and Sketchone Studios; spotlight calisthenics demonstrations by Mairgix Brunei; and Games of Skate by Uneek Skateshop by Neon Borneo; basketball clinic and games by Shooting Stars Brunei.

The Brunei Times

UBD Shell team thank sponsors

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TOKENS of appreciation were presented on Wednesday to sponsors of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Team GenNext Pejuang, who competed in the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category at Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2016, in Manila from March 3 to 6.
It was the university’s fourth participation in the competition, a press release said yesterday.
The team had finished second runner-up — its highest achievement so far — in the same category with its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle debutant Nakhoda last year. GenNext Pejuang’s participation this year concluded after the team made two attempts, but were unable to obtain any valid records on the track, the university said.
However, GenNext Pejuang and Universiti Teknologi Brunei’s Team One-U gained valuable knowledge and experience throughout their journey.
They were able to share ideas and broaden their network with other teams from the region. Their journey was not limited to just seven days of competition but it was a year-long process of hard work to ensure that their fuel-efficient vehicle was up to competition standard.
The team expressed their sincere gratitude to UBD and all their sponsors — Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP), Brunei Shell Marketing Co Sdn Bhd (BSM), Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Swee Sdn Bhd, Brunei Transporting Company (BTC) and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd.
The team also thanked Pg Dr Mohd Iskandar Pg Hj Petra, Dr Quentin Cheok, Pg Md Aderus Pg Hj Tengah, Mr Chong Kim Onn.
The UBD SEMA team are currently preparing for the next SEMA competition, to be held for the first time in Singapore next year.
To know more about the UBD SEMA team or follow their journey to SEMA 2017, visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ubdsem at and Instagram @ubdsem.

The Brunei Times

Progresif, UBD in tie-up for projects

Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd Devin Edwards (C) and UBD’s Associate Professor Dr Mohd Ayub Sadiq (2nd R), assistant vice-chancellor (Academic Affairs), exchange documents after the signing of an MoU between the two parties while the company’s Government Relationship Manager, Normah Ahmad (2nd L), Head of Product Development Radi El Fassed (L) and Chair Professor David Koh (R), UBD’s assistant vice-chancelor (Research and Innovation), look on. Picture: BT/Sally Piri
Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd Devin Edwards (C) and UBD’s Associate Professor Dr Mohd Ayub Sadiq (2nd R), assistant vice-chancellor (Academic Affairs), exchange documents after the signing of an MoU between the two parties while the company’s Government Relationship Manager, Normah Ahmad (2nd L), Head of Product Development Radi El Fassed (L) and Chair Professor David Koh (R), UBD’s assistant vice-chancelor (Research and Innovation), look on. Picture: BT/Sally Piri

MOBILE communications provider Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) will collaborate in the areas of education, innovation, research and development following the signing of a memorandum of understanding yesterday.
A number of projects are already in discussion which will focus initially on discovery year or internship programmes involving UBD students encompassing innovation and commercialisation activities in relation to technology, inventions and patents from UBD, said a press statement issued by Progresif.
“As the programme gets started off with UBD, Progresif is in the process of building a startup lab or incubator within their new corporate headquarters which will be incorporated into the next phase of the programme to help stimulate entrepreneurship and further diversify the economy,” it said.
Under this cooperation, UBD students will be provided access to the working environment and startup lab programme as well as get to work alongside experts in the telecommunication and information technology industry.
“Knowledge-sharing and training sessions will include research, innovation, product development, entrepreneurship and commercialisation. The programme will provide unprecedented access to UBD students to help jumpstart their efforts,” said Progresif’s Head of Human Capital Administration, Fauzi Mosdaram.
During the signing ceremony, which was held at UBD’s Integrated Sciences Building, Progresif was represented by its Chief Marketing Officer, Devin Edwards, and witnessed by the company’s head of Product Development, Radi El Fassed.
Meanwhile, signing on behalf of UBD was Associate Professor Dr Mohd Ayub Sadiq, assistant vice-chancellor (Academic Affairs), who was accompanied by Chair Professor David Koh, assistant vice-chancelor (Research and Innovation) as a witness.
“Education and entrepreneurship are critical to innovation and are foundational to our business and our brand,” said Edwards.
“We have partnered with UBD on a number of initiatives with great success, which makes this effort a prudent and mutually beneficial evolution of our relationship for the betterment of the opportunities for students as well as for ongoing innovation and intellectual property development in Brunei,” he added.
Also in attendance were Progresif’s Government Relationship Manager, Normah Ahmad, and other UBD officials.

The Brunei Times

Progresif hosts cultural night

Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications; Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adnan, Progresif Board of Director member; and Paul Hyde, Progresif Chief Executive Officer during the event.
Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications; Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adnan, Progresif Board of Director member; and Paul Hyde, Progresif Chief Executive Officer during the event.

HUNDREDS flock to the celebration stage at the Royal Regalia Building car park in the capital on Friday night to witness a two-hour performance showcasing the evolution of music in Brunei Darussalam.
The multicultural performances include Bruneian traditional songs to modern songs, the Chinese Lion Dance, Wushu, the Philippines traditional dance and performances from the Indian and Bangladesh community, Pencak Silat and Gandrung Dance by the Indonesian community.

The Cultural Night performances was organised by Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif) in cooperation with Brunei-Muara District Office under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
During the event, Progresif had interactive games and quizzes where the audience got the chance to win exclusive prizes from the Telco company.

Present as the guest of honour was Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications.
Also present were Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adnan, Progresif Board of Director member; and Paul Hyde, Progresif Chief Executive Officer and representatives from the respective embassies.

The event was part of the continuous celebration to mark the 70th birthday of 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.

From: Borneo Bulletin