Nearly 70% of engineers say poor broadband means Irish companies cannot compete effectively

Nearly 70% of engineers say poor broadband means Irish companies cannot compete effectively

09 February 2011 at 00:00
69% of engineers said their companies cannot compete effectively at international level as long as Ireland’s broadband connection is below the EU average, according to research carried out by Ipsos MRBI.  The research was released ahead of a seminar, ‘Focus on future technologies’, on Monday, February 14 to mark the start of Engineers Week 2011 (www.engineersweek.ie), which runs until Sunday, February 20th
 
The Ipsos MRBI research also found that 73% of engineers said that, despite the current fiscal constraints, the Irish Government needed to introduce tax incentives to support the development of technologies that would enable Ireland become a world leader in key sectors.
 
“Ireland has clearly improved its broadband capability but the latest figures from Eurostat show that Ireland still lags behind the EU average,” said John Power, Engineers Ireland Director General.  “The engineering sector in particular needs a communications infrastructure that will support our ability to compete and our capacity to pursue export-led growth opportunities.  This Ipsos MRBI data indicates there are genuine concerns across the engineering industry in this respect.   When you see a country that we are trying to emulate like Finland announcing that access to a broadband internet connection should be a human right, it’s clear we have a lot of ground to make up.  We need to further drive progress around broadband fibre optic connectivity and this is one of the topics that will underpin our ‘Focus on future technologies’ seminar next Monday, February 14 to mark the beginning of Engineers Week 2011.” 
 
The seminar, beginning at 9am, will focus on the information and communication technologies needed to meet the future vision of modern, efficient, attractive and dynamic societies.  There will also be an emphasis on transport infrastructure and a presentation, ‘Dublin’s Integrated Ticketing Scheme – the implementation challenges’, by Tim Gaston, Railway Procurement Agency.
 
For more information on the seminar "Focus on future technologies" please visit here.
 
Engineers Week runs from February 14 to February 20. Nearly 150 events will take place nationwide over the course of the week. To find out more information about events taking place near you or to register your attendance log onto www.engineersweek.ie.