Broadband speed ‘puts island at a competitive disadvantage’
Thursday 24th October 2013, 11:53AM BST.
Software developer Steve Streeting, pictured, said Guernsey lagged behind other jurisdictions, putting the island at an increasingly competitive disadvantage.
He believed a public-private partnership and stronger regulation may be needed to secure the extension of a fibre network to individual homes – which would result in better provision and speeds.
‘We do need strong regulation with a single operator and I don’t think that we’ve had strong regulation so far. Cicra is not pushing hard on infrastructure costs. Sure is probably doing its best but no-one is pushing them,’ he said.
‘I think it will take a public-private partnership to address the issue of getting fibre to individual premises.’
Sure said that it never looked for money from the taxpayer and believed the idea of a public-private partnership was some way off.
‘With the States of Guernsey’s current focus on reducing government expenditure, it is unlikely that a public private partnership will be realistic within the foreseeable future,’ said Kyle Poulter, consumer product manager – fixed services for Sure in the islands.
‘Sure has never expected subsidy from the States of Guernsey.’