Digital future at IoD mid-term event
GUERNSEY’S digital future will come under the spotlight on Wednesday amid warnings that businesses are ‘crying out’ for faster connectivity.
Senior members of the telecoms sector and representatives from States of Guernsey digital initiatives will be speaking at the Guernsey branch of the Institute of Directors 2018 mid-term breakfast event at St James, which will pick up on the topic of digital connectivity.
‘It was clear from our convention last year that digital connectivity holds huge importance for Guernsey and its future prosperity on so many levels,’ said IoD chair Linda Johnson.
‘It’s a complicated topic for most of us who are non-technical, which means we are putting a huge amount of trust and responsibility in those, both in the private sector and government, who are charged with ensuring Guernsey is in the right place digitally.
‘Our mid-term event will be an opportunity to hear from those at the cutting edge of everything digital and to question them on whether Guernsey’s digital infrastructure is fit for purpose.’
The panel will include Sure chief digital officer Justin Bellinger, Phil Male, a non-executive director of JT, and Michael Byrne, chief executive of the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities.
States chief information officer Colin Vaudin and Lucy Witham, head of digital at Economic Development, will also be on the panel.
Ahead of the event, Steve Brehaut, joint managing director of Resolution IT, welcomed recent improvements in the island’s infrastructure.
However, there are some areas, including parts of St Peter Port, where business connectivity is poor.
While questioning whether Guernsey should take the Jersey route of laying fibre cables to every house, he suggested 5G might be the preferred solution.
‘Either way, the island’s businesses are crying out for faster connectivity at a reasonable cost,’ added Mr Brehaut.
The moderator for the event will be Elaine Gray, a partner at Carey Olsen, the sponsor of the event, who will quiz the panellists on their views and open up the discussion to the audience.
Time will be made for observations and questions from the audience.