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Broadband in Cyprus
Broadband in Cyprus

A step in the right direction for Cypriot broadband industry

The high speed broadband market in Cyprus has been given a boost after a study into the country’s current broadband provision has been endorsed by the Cypriot telecoms minister.

The study, published by Analysys Mason and Shepherd & Wedderburn and commissioned by the Cypriot regulator, sets out regulatory and policy measures which Cyprus should adopt to attract broadband investment, promote broadband competition, move towards the Digital Agenda targets, and consequently deliver social and economic benefits to Cypriot consumers and businesses.

Key recommendations set out by the study primarily focus on:

  • The optimal approach to delivering infrastructure in Cyprus
  • Policy to encourage broadband take-up
  • Regulation of network infrastructure
  • Access to content
  • Institutional issues
  • Promoting Cyprus as an international hub.

Cypriot Regulator OCECPR director Neophytos Papadopoulos said about the study: “The study includes a number of valuable recommendations for the development of the Cypriot broadband market and complements current regulatory initiatives. The whole industry can engage in the findings of the report as we work towards maximising the benefits of high speed broadband for business and consumers in Cyprus.”

Calls to improve sustainability of global fashion industry

At a special panel event hosted by Mary Creagh MP at the Houses of Parliament last week (18 April) leading figures from the government and the fashion industry came together to address Fairtrade for global garment workers.

Co-founder of Fashion Revolution Carry Somers highlighted that almost nobody has a clear picture how the fashion supply chain really works. She called on the myriad of stakeholders along the supply chain from private and white label manufacturers to brands and retailers must start to take responsibility for the people and communities on which their business depends, in order to create a sustainable fashion industry for the future.

“Not one of these companies publishes a list of their suppliers or vendors, nor do they publish any social and environmental sustainability reports. In the future, brands will have to be able to answer the question #whomademyclothes. Answering this question requires transparency, and this implies honesty, openness, communication and accountability.”

Mary Creagh used the opportunity to campaign to remain in the EU, saying it is a world leader in advancing women’s rights and protections.

She said: “We heard last year that the EU has worked closely with the government of Bangladesh to change employment laws and improve factory standards and inspections after the Rana Plaza tragedy. It is vital for the UK fashion industry to understand how we can punch above our weight, achieve change and improve the lives of garment workers around the globe.”

Panellists at the event included: Livia Firth, Creative Director, Eco Age; Roberto Ridolfi, Director, European Commission for Sustainable Growth and Development at the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO); Jenny Holdcroft, Policy Director, IndustriALL; Mike Kane MP, Shadow Minister for International Development.