Maltese cableco Melita has begun a EUR10 million (USD13.21 million) project to lay a state-of-the-art submarine fibre-optic cable connecting Malta to Sicily. The project is part of a long-term investment by Melita. ‘The project will lead to an enhanced overall experience for all Melita clients. The start of these works constitutes a major milestone in Melita’s drive for a fully integrated network and is yet another step towards consolidating Melita’s position as provider of reliable, efficient and fast connectivity services. Melita plans to have its 100km fibre-optic cable commissioned and operational in the coming months,’ a spokesperson for the company said. Following an international tender, the installation of the cable was entrusted to a consortium formed by NSW and Italtel. Currently, Melita has over 50,000 broadband customers, and offers download speeds of up to 30Mbps.