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The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.


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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 150
79,800 (2011)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 166
443,200 (2011)

Telephone system
General assessment
Service throughout the country is good; international service is good to Southeast Asia, Middle East, Western Europe, and the US
Domestic Every service available
International
Country code - 673; landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-3 optical telecommunications submarine cable that provides links to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe; the Asia-America Gateway submarine cable network, scheduled for completion by late 2008, will provide new links to Asia and the US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean) (2011)

Broadcast media
State-controlled Radio Television Brunei (RTB) operates 4 channels; 3 Malaysian TV stations are available; foreign TV broadcasts are available via satellite and cable systems; RTB operates 5 radio networks and broadcasts on multiple frequencies; British Forces Broadcast Service (BFBS) provides radio broadcasts on 2 FM stations; some radio broadcast stations from Malaysia are available via repeaters (2009)

Internet country code
.bn

Internet hosts World Ranking: 96
49,403 (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 128
314,900 (2009)


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Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan):


GPS points from Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan)

Bukit Peradayan Brunei (general)

Kampong Kuala Tutong Brunei (general)

Sungai Meragang Brunei (general)

Sungai Tangur Brunei (general)

Bukit Supon Brunei (general)

Sungai Rampayoh Brunei (general)

Pulau Pepatan Brunei (general)

Tanjong Serasa Brunei (general)




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