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Malta to be first global Wi-Fi state by end of year, says minister

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Staff Writer | March 28, 2017
By the end of the year, through efforts by the Malta Communications Authority, Malta will be the first Wi-Fi state in the world, Economy Minister Chris Cardona said.
Chris Cardona
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Minister Cardona was addressing an event called "Boost your Business" (BYB). Forming part of the Facebook European Roadshow 2017, BYB's objective is to teach small and medium enterprises how to best leverage Facebook's 1.9 billion users and up to 600 million Instagram users for their benefit, Indpendent reports.

BYB was developed in order to help entrepreneurs uncover the business benefits delivered by Facebook tools and advertising strategies directly and in person.

"We are a European leader in fast broadband coverage, and in the quality of egovernment services. Just last week we launched 20 new mobile apps that make government services and information available 24/7."

He explained that 72% of Maltese use social networks to share posts once a week. "55% of us use social media every day to share pictures, articles, videos and movies. This is an impressive figure when compared to the EU average of 37%"

He said that there are many studies which also show room for improvement among Maltese businesses, on how they can take full advantage of digital tools to organise and promote their company, and to gain access to new markets.

He did say however, that Maltese online business presence is poor. "Websites are not up to date, with only 27% featuring prices and a mere 3% listing stock availability."

He said that Maltese SMEs are missing out on a local population that uses the internet each day to purchase items.

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