Interview in Gambling Insider - April 2013 issue
Christian Sammut, CEO of Malta’s largest data centre BMIT, discusses his firm’s involvement in the online gaming industry.
What sort of gaming-specific technology services do BMIT offer online gaming firms?
We have developed a series of services including co-location and associated data centre services, managed services and now also a range of cloud services.
What should e-gaming firms applying for a Maltese licence be looking for in their hosting and data centre providers?
The main considerations are:
Reliability: Including service levels, connectivity and resilience.
Experience and Competence: Including their track record, product portfolio and relevant certifications.
Support: Including the effectiveness of their support, the quality of their professionals and their ability to troubleshoot.
Flexibility: Including their ability to deal with specific customer requests.
How do the technological requirements of the e-gaming sector differ to other industries that BMIT operate in?
Two aspects distinguish gaming customers: firstly their total dependence on internet connectivity; secondly the need for us to provide them with customised and flexible solutions in line with very specific regulatory requirements.
How quickly are the technologies adopted by BMIT developing?
BMIT operates in an extremely dynamic environment. Our recent multi-million- euro investment in a cloud platform, coupled with substantial investment in our managed services suite, are proof of the dynamism of the technology that powers the online gaming industry.
How much of a challenge is it for BMIT to ensure that their new technologies are compliant with Maltese gaming laws?
We strive to remain abreast of technological and regulatory developments both in Malta and across Europe. We engage and liaise with leading gaming experts to ensure we are continuously and consistently aware of any new regulatory challenges or opportunities.
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