A second fibre optic cable between Malta and Gozo was inaugurated on Monday by Prime Minister Robert Abela, Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development Minister Miriam Dalli and Economy Minister Silvio Schembri.
Before, Gozo’s telecommunications depended on a single electric cable rented from Enemalta. The Government, in a press statement, said increased demand for digital connectivity by both businesses and residents meant that a second fibre optic cable was required.
In addition, the Government has established a company to operate and maintain the link, Gozo Fibre Optic Cable ltd, after the company successfully concluded talks with the tree local telecommunications operators.
Prime Minister Abela touted the investment as proof that the Government has a vision for Gozo to become the showcase for the switch to digital. “The fibre optic cable is only the first step,” he said.
Dr Abela added that the improved connectivity is not just a benefit to IT companies, but also for health, education, and manufacturing sectors.
Economy Minister Silvio Schembri remarked that the fibre optic cable will lead to an improvement in the competitiveness of Gozo, as well as create jobs.
Minister Dalli commented that the business sector and other essential industries will see a marked improvement in connectivity and that it will improve quality of life in general.
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