Britain must invest more heavily in digital technology and infrastructure in the future if our economy is to emerge from Covid-19 in a stronger position, according to the new Commsworld Chairman, John Trower.
Trower took up the position as the coronavirus pandemic began to emerge in China. Five months later, the impact of the subsequent lockdown has been devastating to the global economy.
The opportunity is now there for political leaders to “grasp the nettle and invest in the digital “building blocks” that companies like Commsworld can provide,” said Trower.
He commented: “Politicians and policymakers face a huge challenge across two fronts. They must find a way to meet our net-zero carbon emission targets – 2045 in Scotland and 2050 in the rest of the UK. They must also resolve an issue laid bare by the Covid-19 crisis and that’s a lack of equitable growth.
“We have already seen the impact that technology can have on our lives – without it, far more would have ground to a halt while we were in lockdown. But we have also discovered that a large segment of our society is digitally excluded.”
Trower added: “Now is the time to embrace new, emerging technology can help tackle these issues head-on – artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, 5G and data analytics are poised to come into their own.
“But for these technologies to work to the maximum effect, we need the building blocks of digital infrastructure to be in place.”
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Trower also pointed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge, before the pandemic struck, to deliver 100% full-fibre broadband by 2025.
“This is a massive challenge logistically and financially, but it’s one that must be addressed going forward,” he said.
“Achieving this will allow truly equitable access to high-speed, resilient networks no matter where you live, ending the hardship of areas stifled by an absence of infrastructure.
Trower continued: “It will transform private but also the public sector, including education in schools and social housing. Our whole society will be structured in a way that is greener and more efficient, delivered by a more skilled workforce.
“Next-generation providers of digital services such as Commsworld want to be a part of this and can deliver it, something which can only be of benefit to our society and transform us as a nation.”