Frequently Asked Questions

1.       What is 5G?


5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.


5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniformed user experience for mobile services. 

2.       Can a 4G phone be used when 5G is implemented?

Yes, 4G devices will continue to be used as networks are not designed to replace, rather they are designed to work in conjunction with them. . No one really knows when be phased because mobile phones that are  capable can still use 4G technology.


3.       Will 5G work on existing devices built for 3G or 4G?

No, new 5G compatible devices are required in order for 5G to work. This includes mobile phones and other cellular devices, such as tablets and smart watches. If you wish to purchase a 5G device in the future, prior to doing so, you should check with your mobile service provider whether 5G service is available in your area or not.

4.       What is AITI's role in 5G?

AITI established the 5G Taskforce with the aim to increase readiness in the implementation of 5G technology in Brunei Darussalam. The 5G Taskforce is divided into three (3) working groups (WG), i.e. WG1 – Policy, Regulatory and Spectrum; WG2 – Use-Cases, Application and Infrastructure; and WG3 – Education and Awareness.

5.       Does 5G pose any health risks?

Mobile networks and radiation are still being discussed globally, and the relationship between these mobile waves and impact to human health have yet to beproven. For more information, please refer to the developments under the World Health Organisation on this matter.  


6.       What technology standards for cellular networks existed before 5G?

  • 5G – 5th Generation

     Promises faster data rates and energy savings. Enhances existing networks and ushers in new uses like telemedicine and virtual reality.

  • 4G – 4th Generation

    Faster data downloads and uploads, support for data-intensive applications, gaming services, mobile TV, video conferencing, and other        high-speed features.


  • 3G – 3rd Generation

    Enabled full-feature mobile internet access and video calling, with faster data transmission speeds.


  • 2G – 2nd Generation

    Replaced analog with digital. Enabled call and text encryption, text, and multimedia messaging.


  • 1G –1st Generation

     Eliminated the need for phone cords and copper wiring, enabling network calls on the go. Voice only. Poor battery life and voice quality.