Malta’s Melita completes 1Gbps rollout as rival pledges EUR100m spend

26 Apr 2019

Maltese cableco and mobile operator Melita says it has completed the upgrade of its nationwide DOCSIS 3.1 cable network, allowing it to offer download rates of up to 1Gbps across the country. Its 1Gbps services, marketed under the name GigaPower, were first introduced in November 2017.

Harald Roesch, CEO at Melita, said: ‘This is an historic milestone for Melita and for Malta. After being the first to roll out a 5G-ready mobile network last December, we have now achieved another first, delivering Gigabit internet nationwide. Our ongoing investments in infrastructure continue to ensure Malta retains its position as one of the best-connected countries in the world, while also future proofing our network for the coming Internet of Things (IoT) era.’

Meanwhile, Melita’s main rival in the broadband market, GO, says it is planning to invest EUR100 million (USD111 million) in infrastructure upgrades, including the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. GO currently covers around 85,000 homes with its FTTH networks and plans to increase this to around 100,000 premises – around half of all households in Malta – by the end of this year.

Malta, GO, Melita