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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 and develop a national FttP network. Interest in Maltese telcos continues to attract investors, with Melita having been sold to EQT in late 2019 and (subject to regulatory approval) Vodafone Malta having been sold to Monaco Telecom.

There has also been some encouragement to increase market competition and so reduce prices for end-users. This led to the 2019 Virtual Unbundled Local Access (VULA) agreement between GO and Vodafone Malta by which Vodafone was able to enter the fixed broadband market using GO's fibre infrastructure.

Melita provides a national gigabit service via its fibre and DOCSIS3.1 networks, while GO is currently investing in an extensive FttP network, which covered about 90,000 premises by late 2019. The company is investing 100 million to develop LTE and fibre through to 2023, while in early 2020 it also began work on a new submarine cable system linking to France and Egypt.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Vodafone Group sells its Maltese unit to Monaco Telecom;

Melita launches 5G-ready network; completes project to deliver fibre networks to public schools;

Melita providing 1Gb/s broadband service nationally;

GO commits to 100 million five-year investment in fibre infrastructure, announces plans for submarine cable system linking to Marseille and Egypt;

Regulator restarts 800MHz auction process;

Government supporting a national FttP network;

Report update includes the regulators market data updates to June 2019, telcos operating data to Q3 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Regional European Market Comparison

2.1 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier

2.2 TMI versus GDP

2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

2.4 Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

4.1 Economic considerations and responses

4.2 Mobile devices

4.3 Subscribers

4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Historical overview

6.2 Regulatory authority

6.3 Fixed-line developments

6.4 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market

7.1 Market analysis

7.2 Mobile statistics

7.3 Mobile infrastructure

7.4 Other infrastructure developments

7.5 Mobile data

7.6 Mobile broadband

7.7 Major mobile operators

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8.4 Other fixed broadband services

9 Fixed network operators

9.1 GO

9.2 Melita

10 Telecommunications infrastructure

10.1 Overview of the national telecom network

10.2 International infrastructure

10.3 VoIP

10.4 Wholesale

11 Data centres

12 Appendix Historic data

13 Glossary of abbreviations

14 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Malta 2019 (e)

Table 2 Change in the number of fixed numbers ported 2007 2019

Table 3 Growth in roaming voice and data traffic (outbound) 2014 2019

Table 4 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2006 2019

Table 5 Change in blended mobile ARPU 2013 2019

Table 6 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 7 Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2007 2019

Table 8 Growth in mobile voice traffic 2009 2019

Table 9 Change in the proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2009 2019

Table 10 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2009 2019

Table 11 Decline in the volume of SMS messages sent 2009 2019

Table 12 Change in the number of MMS messages sent 2009 2019

Table 13 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 14 Growth in mobile data traffic 2015 2019

Table 15 Change in the number of Vodafone Malta's mobile subscribers 2005 2019

Table 16 Growth in the number of GO Mobile' mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 17 Growth in the number of Melita's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 18 MVNO subscribers by operators 2011 2019

Table 19 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscriptions by platform 2009 2019

Table 20 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 21 Change in the proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2013 2019

Table 22 Development of fixed broadband market share by operator 2007 2019

Table 23 Development of fixed broadband ARPU 2012 2019

Table 24 Growth in the number of Melita's cable broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Table 25 Change in the number of DSL subscribers 2009 2019

Table 26 Increase in the number of GO's fibre broadband subscribers 2015 2019

Table 27 Increase in the number of fixed wireless subscribers 2007 2019

Table 28 Fixed wireless share of the fixed broadband market 2007 2019

Table 29 Development of fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007 2019

Table 30 Decline in the volume of outgoing fixed-line calls and traffic 2008 2019

Table 31 Development of GO Group's financial data () 2007 2019

Table 32 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2009 2024

Table 33 Change in the number of fixed lines by operator 2012 2019

Table 34 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2009 2018

Table 35 Historic-Telecom sector revenue 2009 2016

Table 36 Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005 2009

Table 37 Historic-Mobile voice traffic 2005 2009

Table 38 Historic-SMS messages sent 2005 2009

Table 39 Historic-Average cost of SMS messages () 2011 2016

Table 40 Historic-MMS messages sent 2006 2009

Table 41 Historic-Mobile termination rates by operator 2005 2010; 2012

Table 42 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 2009

Table 43 Historic-Prepaid and contract subscribers, all operators 2005 2009

Table 44 Historic-Mobile broadband subscribers by type 2012 2016

Table 45 Historic-Dialup internet subscribers 2005 2010

Table 46 Historic-Internet users and penetration 2002 2015

Table 47 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2002 2019

Table 48 Historic Broadband subscriptions by platform 2002 2009

Table 49 Historic-Broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 2009

Table 50 Historic-GO financial data (Lm) 2004 2007

Table 51 Historic-Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001 2009

Chart 1 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders (top tier)

Chart 2 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers (middle tier)

Chart 3 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents (bottom tier)

Chart 4 Overall view-Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita

Chart 5 Europe-mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 6 Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 7 Northern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 8 Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 9 Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 11 Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Chart 12 Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Chart 13 Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Chart 14 Change in the number of fixed numbers ported 2007 2019

Chart 15 Growth in roaming voice and data traffic (outbound) 2014 2019

Chart 16 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2006 2019

Chart 17 Change in blended mobile ARPU 2013 2019

Chart 18 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 19 Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2007 2019

Chart 20 Growth in mobile voice traffic 2009 2019

Chart 21 Change in the proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2009 2019

Chart 22 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 23 Decline in the volume of SMS messages sent 2009 2019

Chart 24 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 25 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscriptions by platform 2009 2019

Chart 26 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 27 Change in the proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2013 2019

Chart 28 Development of fixed broadband market share by main operator 2007 2019

Chart 29 Development of fixed broadband ARPU 2011 2019

Chart 30 Growth in the number of Melita's cable broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 31 Change in the number of DSL subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 32 Increase in the number of GO's fibre broadband subscribers 2015 2019

Chart 33 Increase in the number of fixed wireless subscribers 2007 2019

Chart 34 Development of fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007 2019

Chart 35 Decline in the volume of outgoing fixed-line calls and traffic 2008 2019

Chart 36 Development of GO Group's financial data () 2007 2019

Chart 37 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2009 2024

Chart 38 Change in the number of fixed lines by major operator 2012 2019

Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 2 Mobile operators and spectrum allocation range

Exhibit 3 800MHz spectrum assignments April 2018

Exhibit 4 3G licence allocations 2005; 2007

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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 and develop a national FttP network. Interest in Maltese telcos continues to attract investors, with Melita having been sold to EQT in late 2019 and (subject to regulatory approval) Vodafone Malta having been sold to Monaco Telecom.

There has also been some encouragement to increase market competition and so reduce prices for end-users. This led to the 2019 Virtual Unbundled Local Access (VULA) agreement between GO and Vodafone Malta by which Vodafone was able to enter the fixed broadband market using GO's fibre infrastructure.

Melita provides a national gigabit service via its fibre and DOCSIS3.1 networks, while GO is currently investing in an extensive FttP network, which covered about 90,000 premises by late 2019. The company is investing 100 million to develop LTE and fibre through to 2023, while in early 2020 it also began work on a new submarine cable system linking to France and Egypt.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Vodafone Group sells its Maltese unit to Monaco Telecom;

Melita launches 5G-ready network; completes project to deliver fibre networks to public schools;

Melita providing 1Gb/s broadband service nationally;

GO commits to 100 million five-year investment in fibre infrastructure, announces plans for submarine cable system linking to Marseille and Egypt;

Regulator restarts 800MHz auction process;

Government supporting a national FttP network;

Report update includes the regulators market data updates to June 2019, telcos operating data to Q3 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Regional European Market Comparison

2.1 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier

2.2 TMI versus GDP

2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

2.4 Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

4.1 Economic considerations and responses

4.2 Mobile devices

4.3 Subscribers

4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Historical overview

6.2 Regulatory authority

6.3 Fixed-line developments

6.4 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market

7.1 Market analysis

7.2 Mobile statistics

7.3 Mobile infrastructure

7.4 Other infrastructure developments

7.5 Mobile data

7.6 Mobile broadband

7.7 Major mobile operators

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8.4 Other fixed broadband services

9 Fixed network operators

9.1 GO

9.2 Melita

10 Telecommunications infrastructure

10.1 Overview of the national telecom network

10.2 International infrastructure

10.3 VoIP

10.4 Wholesale

11 Data centres

12 Appendix Historic data

13 Glossary of abbreviations

14 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Malta 2019 (e)

Table 2 Change in the number of fixed numbers ported 2007 2019

Table 3 Growth in roaming voice and data traffic (outbound) 2014 2019

Table 4 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2006 2019

Table 5 Change in blended mobile ARPU 2013 2019

Table 6 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 7 Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2007 2019

Table 8 Growth in mobile voice traffic 2009 2019

Table 9 Change in the proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2009 2019

Table 10 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2009 2019

Table 11 Decline in the volume of SMS messages sent 2009 2019

Table 12 Change in the number of MMS messages sent 2009 2019

Table 13 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 14 Growth in mobile data traffic 2015 2019

Table 15 Change in the number of Vodafone Malta's mobile subscribers 2005 2019

Table 16 Growth in the number of GO Mobile' mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 17 Growth in the number of Melita's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 18 MVNO subscribers by operators 2011 2019

Table 19 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscriptions by platform 2009 2019

Table 20 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 21 Change in the proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2013 2019

Table 22 Development of fixed broadband market share by operator 2007 2019

Table 23 Development of fixed broadband ARPU 2012 2019

Table 24 Growth in the number of Melita's cable broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Table 25 Change in the number of DSL subscribers 2009 2019

Table 26 Increase in the number of GO's fibre broadband subscribers 2015 2019

Table 27 Increase in the number of fixed wireless subscribers 2007 2019

Table 28 Fixed wireless share of the fixed broadband market 2007 2019

Table 29 Development of fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007 2019

Table 30 Decline in the volume of outgoing fixed-line calls and traffic 2008 2019

Table 31 Development of GO Group's financial data () 2007 2019

Table 32 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2009 2024

Table 33 Change in the number of fixed lines by operator 2012 2019

Table 34 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2009 2018

Table 35 Historic-Telecom sector revenue 2009 2016

Table 36 Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005 2009

Table 37 Historic-Mobile voice traffic 2005 2009

Table 38 Historic-SMS messages sent 2005 2009

Table 39 Historic-Average cost of SMS messages () 2011 2016

Table 40 Historic-MMS messages sent 2006 2009

Table 41 Historic-Mobile termination rates by operator 2005 2010; 2012

Table 42 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 2009

Table 43 Historic-Prepaid and contract subscribers, all operators 2005 2009

Table 44 Historic-Mobile broadband subscribers by type 2012 2016

Table 45 Historic-Dialup internet subscribers 2005 2010

Table 46 Historic-Internet users and penetration 2002 2015

Table 47 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2002 2019

Table 48 Historic Broadband subscriptions by platform 2002 2009

Table 49 Historic-Broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 2009

Table 50 Historic-GO financial data (Lm) 2004 2007

Table 51 Historic-Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001 2009

Chart 1 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders (top tier)

Chart 2 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers (middle tier)

Chart 3 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents (bottom tier)

Chart 4 Overall view-Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita

Chart 5 Europe-mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 6 Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 7 Northern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 8 Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 9 Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration

Chart 11 Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Chart 12 Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Chart 13 Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Chart 14 Change in the number of fixed numbers ported 2007 2019

Chart 15 Growth in roaming voice and data traffic (outbound) 2014 2019

Chart 16 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2006 2019

Chart 17 Change in blended mobile ARPU 2013 2019

Chart 18 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 19 Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2007 2019

Chart 20 Growth in mobile voice traffic 2009 2019

Chart 21 Change in the proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2009 2019

Chart 22 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 23 Decline in the volume of SMS messages sent 2009 2019

Chart 24 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 25 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscriptions by platform 2009 2019

Chart 26 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 27 Change in the proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2013 2019

Chart 28 Development of fixed broadband market share by main operator 2007 2019

Chart 29 Development of fixed broadband ARPU 2011 2019

Chart 30 Growth in the number of Melita's cable broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 31 Change in the number of DSL subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 32 Increase in the number of GO's fibre broadband subscribers 2015 2019

Chart 33 Increase in the number of fixed wireless subscribers 2007 2019

Chart 34 Development of fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007 2019

Chart 35 Decline in the volume of outgoing fixed-line calls and traffic 2008 2019

Chart 36 Development of GO Group's financial data () 2007 2019

Chart 37 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2009 2024

Chart 38 Change in the number of fixed lines by major operator 2012 2019

Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 2 Mobile operators and spectrum allocation range

Exhibit 3 800MHz spectrum assignments April 2018

Exhibit 4 3G licence allocations 2005; 2007

• Single User Licences (for access by one person),
• 10 User Licences (for access for up to 10 Users),
• 20 User Licences (for access for up to 20 Users), and
• Site Licences (allow access by all staff within the country of purchase).

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Companies

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