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Malta - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Malta - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Melita and Vodafone Malta agree to merge
Despite its small size, Malta's telecom sector is among the most advanced in Europe. Mobile and broadband penetration are both relatively high, while ongoing investments in networks are providing customers with a range of bundled services. The sector is also stimulated by regulatory measures designed to increase competition and to reduce consumer prices, as also to pave the way towards a national FttP telecom network. The regulator has keenly promoted this infrastructure to develop the eCommerce sector, conscious that the country's geographic location and economy dominated by micro-businesses restricts the potential for companies to make effective use of online sales.
The broadband market remains largely controlled by two operators, with Melita retaining a monopoly on cable services and GO commanding a near complete dominance in the DSL market. Alternative broadband players have only a small share of the DSL market. An island-wide WiMAX service is provided by Vodafone, while Melita also operates an extensive Wi-Fi mesh network. GO is currently investing in an extensive FttP network, while an all-fibre backhaul network also supports its LTE infrastructure.
The telecom market generated 182.3 million in revenue in 2015, accounting for 2.4% of GDP. Investment in telecoms networks has been maintained, though in recent years this was mainly made up of investment in mobile infrastructure which compensated for lower investment by other operators providing fixed-line services. However, since 2015 GO has embarked on a program to develop a wide-spread FttP network, and so provide a platform to develop services in future.
In the mobile market Vodafone Malta, GO Mobile and Melita Mobile have been joined by a few MVNOs though these have only a small market share. The sector remains dominated by GO Mobile and Vodafone, which together control about 85% of the market by subscribers. These operators offer quad-play services including mobile combinations of voice, cable TV, videostreaming and telephony, which as bundles make it hard for other operators to gain a foothold other than within narrow markets. Nevertheless, a sympathetic regulatory regime is having a marked effect on operator behaviour as they struggle to retain existing customers in an increasingly competitive market.
The key issue for coming years will be the continuing effort by the regulator to encourage a national broadband network through developing regulations attractive to investors, and so maintain momentum in one of Europe's smallest markets.
Market penetration rates in Malta's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 51%
Fixed broadband | 39.4%
Mobile SIM (population) | %
(Source: BuddeComm)

Key developments:

Melita and Vodafone Malta agree to merge;
GO acquired by Tunisie Telecom;
Apax Partners and Fortino Capital acquire Melita;
GO doubles capacity on international submarine cable links;
Vodafone providing majority population coverage with LTE;
Government supporting a national FttP network;
GO launches a 500Mb/s fibre-based service;
Malta's first VoD service launched by Melita;
Melita extends 250Mb/s broadband service;
Vodafone Malta, GO and Melita express interest in 800MHz spectrum;
Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to December 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone, GO, Melita, SIS, Ozone, Redtouch Fone, PING.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Malta - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015 (Jun)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • DIGITAL SOCIETY INITIATIVES
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual fixed numbers ported - 2007 – 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • Table Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator - 2007 – 2016
    • Table Total fixed-line calls - 2009 - 2016
    • Table Total outgoing fixed-line traffic - 2008 - 2018
    • GO
      • Table GO financial data (Lm) - 2004 - 2007
      • Table GO Group financial data ( ) - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Historic - GO revenue by sector - 2007 - 2012
    • MELITA
      • Table Melita Group financial data - 2010 - 2013
      • Merger with Vodafone
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and penetration rate - 2001 - 2018
      • Table Fixed lines by operator - 2012 - 2016
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
  • WHOLESALE
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Historic - Dialup internet subscribers - 2005 - 2010
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users - 2002 - 2017
      • Table Broadband subscriptions by platform - 2002 - 2018
      • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Broadband market share by operator - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Broadband penetration - 2005 - 2018
      • Table Broadband ARPU - 2011 - 2016
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
        • Table Cable broadband penetration rate - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Melita cable broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2018
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table DSL subscribers - 2009 - 2018
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table GO fibre broadband subscribers - 2015 - 2018
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Satellite
      • Wireless broadband
        • Table Fixed wireless subscribers - 2007 - 2017
        • Table BWA share of broadband market - 2007 - 2016
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • Table eCommerce usage - 2006 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers to bundled services, by type - 2009 - 2015
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Table Pay TV ARPU - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Digital cable TV subscribers - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Pay TV subscribers by connection type - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Pay TV market share by operator - 2009 - 2016
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table DTTV subscribers - 2008 - 2016
      • Videostreaming
        • Table IPTV subscribers - 2011 - 2016
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Mobile ARPU - contract and prepaid - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers by 2G and 3G platform - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Mobile market share by operator - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Mobile traffic - 2005 - 2018
        • Table Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Prepaid subscribers, all operators - 2005 - 2016
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2005 - 2018
        • Table Average cost of SMS messages ( ) - 2011 - 2015
        • Table MMS messages - 2006 - 2018
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by type - 2012 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination rates by operator - 2005 - 2010; 2012
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile number portings - 2006 - 2016
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • Spectrum auctions
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Vodafone Malta subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • GO Mobile
        • Table GO Mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2016
      • Melita Mobile
        • Table Melita mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2016
      • MVNOs
        • Table MVNO subscribers by operators - 2011 - 2016
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile TV
  • RELATED REPORTS

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