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


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

MVNOs extend reach of LTE

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.

The value of Malta's telecom market, as also its contribution to the overall economy, has fallen since 2009. The decline is in line with other telecom markets in Europe and follows the global context of the economic downturn. Investment in telecoms networks has been maintained, though mainly made up of investment from mobile operators which has compensated for lower investment by other operators providing fixed-line services.

In the mobile market Vodafone Malta, GO Mobile and Melita Mobile have been joined by a few MVNOs which are gradually extending market share, though 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, IPTV 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 2015 (e)
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 148%
Fixed-line | 49%
Broadband | 37%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Key developments:

GO seeks sale of entire shareholding following moves by EITML to sell its 60% stake in the company;
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 launches commercial LTE service;
Regulator amends mobile licences to promote LTE;
Government launches Digital Malta: National Digital Strategy 2014-2020;
Regulator's market data updates to July 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2015; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone, GO, Melita, SIS, Ozone, Redtouch Fone, PING.
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Malta's telecommunications market.

Subjects covered include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure developments;
Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
Convergence and Digital Media;
Mobile ARPU;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and industry issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Malta's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Digital Society initiatives
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Malta
4.5 Privatisation of Telemalta
4.6 Interconnect
4.7 Access
4.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.9 Number Portability (NP)
5. Fixed-network operators
5.1 GO
5.2 Melita
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
7. Wholesale
8. Broadband market
8.1 Market analysis
8.1.1 Broadband statistics
8.1.2 Bitstream access: DSL and cable networks
8.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
8.5 Other fixed broadband services
8.5.1 Satellite
8.5.2 Wireless broadband
9. Digital economy
10. Digital media
10.1 Quadruple play models
10.2 Digital TV
10.2.1 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
10.2.2 TV-over-DSL (IPTV)
10.2.3 Video-on-Demand
10.2.4 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.2.2 Prepaid
11.2.3 Mobile data services
11.3 Regulatory issues
11.3.1 Roaming
11.3.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
11.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.3.4 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
11.4 Mobile infrastructure
11.4.1 Digital networks
11.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
11.5 Major mobile operators
11.5.1 Vodafone Malta
11.5.2 GO Mobile
11.5.3 Melita Mobile
11.5.4 MVNOs
11.6 Mobile content and applications
11.6.1 Mobile TV
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Malta 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (Jun)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (Jun)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Historic - Telecom market value () 2006 - 2009
Table 8 Annual fixed numbers ported 2007 - 2015
Table 9 Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007 - 2015
Table 10 Fixed-line traffic (fixed-to-fixed) 2005 - 2012
Table 11 Total fixed-line calls 2009 - 2015
Table 12 Total outgoing fixed-line traffic 2008 - 2015
Table 13 GO financial data (Lm) 2004 - 2007
Table 14 GO Group financial data () 2007 - 2015
Table 15 GO revenue by sector 2007 - 2012
Table 16 Melita Group financial data 2010 - 2013
Table 17 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001 - 2016
Table 18 Historic - Dialup internet subscribers 2005 - 2010
Table 19 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2002 - 2015
Table 20 Proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2010 - 2015
Table 21 Broadband market share by operator 2007 - 2015
Table 22 Broadband penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 23 Broadband ARPU 2011 - 2015
Table 24 Cable broadband penetration rate 2000 - 2015
Table 25 Melita cable broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 26 DSL subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 27 Fixed wireless subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 28 BWA share of broadband market 2007 - 2015
Table 29 eCommerce usage 2006 - 2015
Table 30 Fixed-line subscribers to bundled services, by type 2009 - 2015
Table 31 Pay TV ARPU 2011 - 2015
Table 32 Digital cable TV subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 33 Pay TV subscribers by connection type 2005 - 2015
Table 34 Pay TV market share by operator 2009 - 2015
Table 35 DTTV subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 36 IPTV subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 37 Mobile ARPU contract and prepaid 2011 - 2015
Table 38 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2004
Table 39 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 40 Historic - Mobile subscribers by 2G and 3G platform 2009 - 2012
Table 41 Mobile market share by operator 2007 - 2015
Table 42 Mobile traffic 2005 - 2015
Table 43 Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005 - 2015
Table 44 Prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005 - 2015
Table 45 SMS messages 2005 - 2015
Table 46 MMS messages 2006 - 2015
Table 47 European voice roaming charges 2007 - 2014
Table 48 European SMS and data roaming charges 2011 - 2014
Table 49 Mobile termination rates by operator 2005 2010; 2012
Table 50 Annual mobile number portings 2006 - 2015
Table 51 Vodafone Malta subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 52 GO Mobile subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 53 Melita mobile subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 54 MVNO subscribers by operators 2011 - 2015
Chart 1 GO Group financial data 2007 - 2015
Chart 2 GO revenue by sector 2007 2012
Chart 3 Melita Group financial data 2010 2013
Chart 4 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001 2016
Chart 5 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2005 2015
Chart 6 Broadband market share by operator 2007 2015
Chart 7 Subscribers to bundled services, by type 2009 2013
Chart 8 Pay TV subscribers by connection type 2005 2015
Chart 9 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2016
Chart 10 Mobile market share by operator 2007 2015
Chart 11 SMS messages 2005 2015
Exhibit 1 Overview of digital media
Exhibit 2 Mobile operators and spectrum allocation range
Exhibit 3 3G licence allocations 2005; 2007

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