29 November 2013

National ICT Strategy to be launched in January

MaltaIndependent 19/11/2013: The main objectives of the National ICT Strategy are for citizens, businesses and government to use technology to improve the quality of life and to create value-adding jobs. The strategy, which covers the period 2014 – 2020, addresses Malta’s needs to harness the power of ICT to move into fifth gear and become an innovative economy.  Importantly, the strategy aligns itself with the Digital Agenda for Europe and the EU programming period 2014-2020. The strategy builds upon several positive points within this sector.   ICT contributes to 5.2% of the national Gross Domestic Product which is among the highest in Europe. There is political consensus on ICT development and the strategy comes at a time when society is embracing technological changes and advancements.

Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) Head of Strategy and Planning, Emanuel Darmanin explains that market data published by the Malta Communications Authority at the beginning of the month indicates that the island continues to experience competition growth in electronic communications markets.   Against a backdrop of declining prices, internet connectivity and mobile telephony markets grew significantly in terms of take-up and usage levels in the first half of 2013. The number of fixed broadband subscriptions reached well over...read on.