PPS 10: Telecommunications
Background Information: Economic Importance
3.2 To maintain and improve our position in an increasingly competitive global market, Northern Ireland will need a telecommunications infrastructure of the highest quality. In particular advanced telecommunications can help reduce the disadvantages of a peripheral location in Europe and assist in opening up new markets. These benefits could be particularly important in facilitating business development in disadvantaged rural areas in Northern Ireland.
3.3 The Programme for Government has identified the use of information technology as one way of improving the efficiency and productivity of the economy. New technology allows companies to download and transmit substantially greater amounts of data, reduce their costs, satisfy more customers and gain access to new markets. This is producing many new job and business opportunities and more are expected. To benefit fully from the significant advantages that new technology can provide, Northern Ireland must embrace the change now underway.