Melita Italia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malta-based quad-play telecoms operator Melita, will begin providing gigabit broadband services in Italy from April 2019 in partnership with Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber, according to an announcement on Melita’s website. Melita Italia – headed by former Telecom Italia (TIM) CEO Riccardo Ruggiero – will use the Open Fiber wholesale network to initially provide services in Catania, Palermo, Milan and Naples. The company plans to expand services to ‘more than 30 cities and 3,000 sales points’ by the end of 2021.
Melita Italia also plans to launch ‘Plume’ in-home service bundles similar to its Maltese parent’s range. Plume residential bundles include: ‘Adaptive WiFi, HomePass guest access, advanced parental controls, the Plume app and SuperPods that combine to learn and adapt to the needs of the home’.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2018 Open Fiber won the third and final government tender for the rollout of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of Italy, receiving a contract covering 882 localities in Calabria, Puglia and Sardinia. Open Fiber was the winner of the previous two tenders, covering the remaining Italian regions. Last month it was disclosed that Open Fiber was partnering Nokia in deploying rural fibre-to-the-home (FTTH).