Malta consults on 800MHz spectrum

14 Sep 2016

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) has called for expressions of interest in 60MHz of spectrum in the 800MHz ‘digital dividend’ band (791MHz-821MHz paired with 832MHz-862MHz). The regulator says it has received a formal request from a licensed service provider to utilise the band, and is now looking to see if there is further demand for the spectrum, which can be used for 4G mobile broadband services.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Malta’s mobile market is home to three network operators – Vodafone, GO and Melita – plus a handful of resellers. Vodafone and GO have already introduced 4G LTE technology using 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequencies, while Melita has still to announce plans for a commercial 4G launch.