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Malta - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Malta - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Malta's Melita preps for 5G with Ericsson

Despite its small size, Malta's telecom sector is among the most advanced in Europe, with high mobile and broadband penetration rates and a strategy in place to capitalise on infrastructure to develop e-commerce opportunities.

The sector has also been stimulated by regulatory measures designed to reduce consumer prices, pave the way towards a national FttP telecom network and increase competition. To this end the Competition Authority examined the proposed merger between Vodafone Malta and Melita, a move which would have allowed the merged entity to provide a more effective challenge to the incumbent telco GO but which would essentially have created a market duopoly, given that other licensed operators have a very small market share. In December 2017 Apax Partners, Fortino Capital and Vodafone Group called off the merger, citing difficulties in securing regulatory approval.

The broadband market is dominated by two companies: Melita, which retains a monopoly on cable services, and GO, which commands a near complete monopoly in the DSL and fibre segments. 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, which covered about 75,000 premises by September 2018. An all-fibre backhaul network also supports the company's LTE infrastructure. In late 2017 the company embarked on a five-year 100 million investment program focussed on LTE and fibre infrastructure, as also on upgrading submarine cable capacity.

The mobile market is dominated by Vodafone Malta, GO Mobile and Melita Mobile, with Redtouch Fone and VFC Mobile the only MVNOs.

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.

Key developments:

Vodafone Malta planning NB-IoT network launch;
Melita launches 5G ready' LTE-A network;
Vodafone expands LTE-A reach;
Melita launches a 1Gb/s broadband service;
GO commits to 100 million five-year investment;
Regulator restarts 800MHz auction process;
Government supporting a national FttP network;
GO launches a 500Mb/s fibre-based service;
Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to June 2018, telcos' operating data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Digital Society initiatives
5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.5 Privatisation
5.6 Interconnect
5.7 Access
5.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.9 Number Portability (NP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 GO
6.2 Melita
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.3 VoIP
8. Wholesale
9. Fixed-line broadband market
9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9.2 Broadband statistics
9.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
9.3.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
9.3.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
9.3.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
9.4 Other fixed broadband services
9.4.1 Satellite
9.4.2 Wireless broadband
9.4.3 Videostreaming
10. Digital economy
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.3 Mobile infrastructure
11.3.1 5G
11.3.2 4G (LTE)
11.3.3 3G
11.4 Other infrastructure developments
11.4.1 NB-IoT
11.5 Mobile data
11.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
11.5.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
11.6 Mobile broadband
11.7 Regulatory issues
11.7.1 Roaming
11.7.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
11.7.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.7.4 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
11.7.5 Spectrum auctions
11.8 Major mobile operators
11.8.1 Vodafone Malta
11.8.2 GO Mobile
11.8.3 Melita Mobile
11.8.4 MVNOs
12. Related reports
List of Tables,Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Malta 2018 (e)
Table 2 Telecom sector revenue 2009 - 2016
Table 3 Annual fixed numbers ported 2007 - 2018
Table 4 Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007 - 2018
Table 5 Total fixed-line calls 2009 - 2018
Table 6 Total outgoing fixed-line traffic 2008 - 2018
Table 7 GO financial data (Lm) 2004 - 2007
Table 8 GO Group financial data () 2007 - 2018
Table 9 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001 - 2018
Table 10 Fixed lines by operator 2012 - 2018
Table 11 Historic - Dialup internet subscribers 2005 - 2010
Table 12 Internet users and penetration 2002 - 2018
Table 13 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2002 - 2018
Table 14 Proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2013 - 2018
Table 15 Broadband market share by operator 2007 - 2018
Table 16 Broadband penetration 2005 - 2018
Table 17 Broadband ARPU 2011 - 2018
Table 18 Melita cable broadband subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 19 DSL subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 20 GO fibre broadband subscribers 2015 - 2018
Table 21 Fixed wireless subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 22 BWA share of broadband market 2007 - 2018
Table 23 IPTV subscribers 2011 - 2018
Table 24 Annualised blended mobile ARPU 2013 - 2018
Table 25 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 26 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2019
Table 27 Mobile market share by operator 2007 - 2018
Table 28 Mobile traffic 2005 - 2018
Table 29 Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005 - 2018
Table 30 Prepaid and contract subscribers, all operators 2005 - 2018
Table 31 SMS messages sent 2005 - 2018
Table 32 Average cost of SMS messages () 2011 - 2016
Table 33 MMS messages 2006 - 2018
Table 34 Mobile broadband subscribers by type 2012 - 2018
Table 35 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2008 - 2018
Table 36 European roaming charges 2007 2016
Table 37 European data roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 38 Roaming traffic (outbound) 2014 2018
Table 39 Historic - Mobile termination rates by operator 2005 2010; 2012
Table 40 Annual mobile number portings 2006 - 2018
Table 41 Vodafone Malta subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 42 GO Mobile subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 43 Melita mobile subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 44 MVNO subscribers by operators 2011 - 2018
Chart 1 Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007 2018
Chart 2 GO Group financial data 2007 - 2018
Chart 3 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2003 2018
Chart 4 Fixed lines by operator 2012 2018
Chart 5 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2005 2018
Chart 6 Proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2013 2018
Chart 7 Broadband market share by operator 2007 2018
Chart 8 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2019
Chart 9 Mobile market share by operator 2007 2018
Chart 10 Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005 2018
Chart 11 Prepaid and contract subscribers, all operators 2005 2018
Chart 12 SMS messages 2005 2018
Chart 13 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2008 2018
Exhibit 1 3G licence allocations 2005; 2007
Exhibit 2 Mobile operators and spectrum allocation range

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