Gov­ern­ment in line with Com­mis­sion’s goal to have free Wi-Fi around town squares

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Gov­ern­ment sup­ports EU Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent JeanClaude Juncker’s dec­la­ra­tion that all mem­ber states should have free Wi-Fi around vil­lage and town squares by 2020.

When ad­dress­ing the State of the Union speech on 14 Septem­ber, Mr Juncker said, “ev­ery­one ben­e­fit­ting from con­nec­tiv­ity means it should not mat­ter where you live or how much you earn”.

Malta has scored above EU av­er­age in Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and the over­all score has grown faster than that of the EU as a whole.

To date, no less than 272 Wi-Fi Hot Spots are found in Malta and Gozo and the num­ber is set to in­crease to over 300 by the end of the year. The free Hot Spots are in­stalled and man­aged by the Gov­ern­ment’s reg­u­la­tory and ICT de­vel­op­ing body, the Malta Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity.

Min­is­ter for Com­pet­i­tive­ness and Dig­i­tal, Mar­itime and Ser­vice Econ­omy Em­manuel Mal­lia em­pha­sised that “we have al­ready gone far but we still strive to get bet­ter ev­ery year. We are con­fi­dent we shall meet the tar­gets Pres­i­dent Junker has so­licited ev­ery mem­ber state to com­ply with.’’

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