E-minister learns how Canadians deliver IT

E-commerce minister Stephen Timms has been in Canada this week, where he was scheduled to meet Allan Rock, the country's minister...

E-commerce minister Stephen Timms has been in Canada this week, where he was scheduled to meet Allan Rock, the country's minister for industry, and Canadian business leaders in the technology sector.

One of the key topics for discussion was Canada's broadband strategy. Before his departure on Monday, Timms said, "Canada is a world leader in broadband roll-out - I am eager to hear more about the Canadian government's strategy, especially in terms of getting broadband into rural areas where commercial viability is in doubt."

Timms, who worked in IT for 15 years, was also planning to discuss telecoms regulation and the UK government's own technology initiatives, such as the Broadband Task Force which was launched last year. He was scheduled to visit Nortel Networks and the economic development corporation Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation.

Canada is widely regarded as a world leader in the development and deployment of broadband, with well over three million subscribers. The country is also top in the G7 group of industrialised nations and second in the world for broadband take-up.

The Canadian trip follows Timms' fact-finding mission to Japan in December.

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