Malcolm Beanland kicks off Gibraltar History Lectures Series Seven
Earlier today, The University of Gibraltar kicked off series seven of History Lectures, welcoming guests attending a lecture titled ‘A History of Telephone Services in Gibraltar 1886 – 2001.’ The talk was conducted by Malcolm Beanland, former Board Secretary at Gibtelecom, with over 40 years of experience within the telecommunications industry.
Malcolm described how the telephone has evolved within Gibraltar, since it first appeared in the territory 135 years ago, detailing the people and organisations that have helped Gibtelecom to grow and evolve into a business that supplies the people of Gibraltar with the necessary telecommunication technology needed in the 21st century.
During the lecture, he also detailed Gibtelecom’s path from The Falmouth, Gibraltar & Malta Telegraph Company in the 19th century, to becoming Gibraltar’s leading telecommunications provider for both home and business, explaining how various different company leaders have helped to shape the Gibtelecom seen today.
The engaging talk also provided an insight into how Gibraltar first entered into the mobile technology space, from the Rock’s first GSM mobile service in 1994 to present day Sofi TV technology, enhanced mobile connectivity and now the introduction of 5G networking.
Our Gibraltar History Lecture Series seven continues next Friday 9th July with a talk entitled ‘A Visual Story from the Top Down Layering Maps of Gibraltar.’ These free talks are open to the public at 10am each Friday at our Europa Point Campus.