The Malta Independent 17 November 2019, Sunday

GO hosts European Telecommunications Network Operators’ General Assembly

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 11:16 Last update: about 24 days ago

GO has hosted ETNO's 58th General Assembly in Malta, which was held over two full days.

Considered as "the foremost voice in Europe for the telecommunication industry", the European Telecommunications' Network Operators' Association was set up in 1992 and is today acknowledged as the principal policy group for European electronic communications network operators. Its 39 members and observers from Europe and beyond are the backbone of Europe's digital progress and the main drivers of broadband, committed to its continual growth in Europe.

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Welcoming ETNO members, GO CEO Nikhil Patil remarked on GO's 24th anniversary of it becoming a member of ETNO. Commenting in this regard, Patil said: "Despite being among the smallest members, and with limited resources, we have sought to provide an active membership, through our participation and commitment to ETNO's agenda. ETNO has a strong role in shaping the best regulatory and commercial environment for its members to continue rolling out innovative and high quality services and platforms for the benefit of European consumers and businesses. This strongly mirrors GO's commitment to deliver the best telecommunications services and content to millions of customers in Malta, Cyprus and Greece. We look forward to more years of fruitful membership and participation in ETNO," he continued.

Parliamentary secretary Silvio Schembri also addressed the assembly and  referred to the current digital revolution, Malta's digital strategy and government's ambition to make Malta a digital jurisdiction through initiatives that incentivise blockchain, AI, eSports and video games industries from a legislative, strategic planning and use-cases perspective.

"Malta shares ETNO's objective and drive to achieve the digital Single Market targets and to make the EU the global digital leader. Malta is no stranger to shaping the regulatory landscape for emerging digital technologies.  Thanks to a pro-business government and a favourable climate for sustained investment and innovation, Malta remains at the top of the European Digital Economy and Society Index as the only member state with 100% next generation networks coverage achieved through the sustained investment of private industry," added Schembri.

Stefan Briffa, who chaired the General Assembly on behalf of GO, remarked that it was an honour for GO as one of the smallest members of ETNO to welcome to Malta major stakeholders in the electronic communications industry in Europe.

GO has been a protagonist in the shaping of Malta's digital landscape. It has invested over €340m over the past 15 years alone and is the only operator that has committed a €100m to the roll-out of True Fibre, which promises to bring the best technology straight to one's living room. 
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