GTA urges govt to improve Gozo’s connectivity

Photo by: DOI - Jeremy Wonnacott

The Gozo Tourism Association, GTA said that the second fibre optic cable between Malta and Gozo will definitely enhance and increase the digital infrastructure in Gozo.

In its reaction, following the inauguration of a second fibre optic cable between Malta and Gozo, on, Monday, the GTA said that it believes that Gozo’s double insularity cannot be only mitigated through sea, air and permanent links, but also, with projects like this digital infrastructural investment that will augment Gozo’s connectivity, opening up the island for potential private investment and job creation in the digital sector.

The second fibre optic will be operated by the government-owned company Gozo Fibre Optic Cable which has successfully concluded an agreement with all three communications companies in Malta.

Until now, Gozo has relied on a cable rented out from Enemalta. An increase in the demand for internet connectivity which is fast and reliable both from the private and public sector led to the second fibre optic being installed.

While the Gozo Tourism Association said it is satisfied that concrete and serious measures are being taken towards digital connectivity, the Association also urges Government to continue in its efforts to improve further the inter-island connectivity through, the sea link and the much needed airlink.

Furthermore the Gozo Tourism Association maintained its conviction that Gozo’s Gross Domestic Product cannot remain so reliant on the tourism sector. Therefore the Association said it believes that more steps and initiatives are to be taken in order to diversify the Gozitan economy.

The new fibre optic cable was also welcomed by the Gozo Business Chamber which underlined the importance of the project and its benefits. It added that this project goes hand in hand with the Digital Innovation Hub in Xewkija.