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Malta - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • November 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 46 pages

Malta's main telcos GO and Melita sold to outside interests
Despite its small size, Malta's telecom sector is among the most advanced in Europe. Mobile and broadband penetration are both relatively high, while ongoing investments in networks are providing customers with a range of bundled services. The sector is also stimulated by regulatory measures designed to increase competition and to reduce consumer prices, as also to pave the way towards a national FttP telecom network. The regulator has keenly promoted this infrastructure to develop the eCommerce sector, conscious that the country's geographic location and economy dominated by micro-businesses restricts the potential for companies to make effective use of online sales.

The broadband market remains largely controlled by two operators, with Melita retaining a monopoly on cable services and GO commanding a near complete dominance in the DSL market. Alternative broadband players have only a small share of the DSL market. An island-wide WiMAX service is provided by Vodafone, while Melita also operates an extensive Wi-Fi mesh network. GO is currently investing in an extensive FttP network, while an all-fibre backhaul network also supports its LTE infrastructure.

The telecom market generated 182.3 million in revenue in 2015, accounting for 2.4% of GDP. Investment in telecoms networks has been maintained, though in recent years this was mainly made up of investment in mobile infrastructure which compensated for lower investment by other operators providing fixed-line services. However, since 2015 GO has embarked on a program to develop a wide-spread FttP network, and so provide a platform to develop services in future.

In the mobile market Vodafone Malta, GO Mobile and Melita Mobile have been joined by a few MVNOs though these have only a small market share. The sector remains dominated by GO Mobile and Vodafone, which together control about 85% of the market by subscribers. These operators offer quad-play services including mobile combinations of voice, cable TV, videostreaming and telephony, which as bundles make it hard for other operators to gain a foothold other than within narrow markets. Nevertheless, a sympathetic regulatory regime is having a marked effect on operator behaviour as they struggle to retain existing customers in an increasingly competitive market.

The key issue for coming years will be the continuing effort by the regulator to encourage a national broadband network through developing regulations attractive to investors, and so maintain momentum in one of Europe's smallest markets.

Market penetration rates in Malta's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 51%
Fixed broadband | 39.4%
Mobile SIM (population) | %
(Source: BuddeComm)

Key developments:

GO acquired by Tunisie Telecom;
Apax France and Fortino Capital acquire Melita;
GO doubles capacity on international submarine cable links;
Vodafone providing majority population coverage with LTE;
Government supporting a national FttP network;
GO launches a 500Mb/s fibre-based service;
Malta's first VoD service launched by Melita;
Melita extends 250Mb/s broadband service;
Vodafone Malta, GO and Melita express interest in 800MHz spectrum;
Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to July 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.


Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table Of Contents

Malta - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Digital Society initiatives
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.5 Privatisation
4.6 Interconnect
4.7 Access
4.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.9 Number Portability (NP)
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 GO
5.2 Melita
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
7. Wholesale
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.3.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.3.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.3.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.4 Other fixed broadband services
8.4.1 Satellite
8.4.2 Wireless broadband
9. Digital economy
10. Digital media
10.1 Bundled services
10.2 Digital TV
10.2.1 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
10.2.2 Videostreaming
10.3 Communications: VoIP
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.2.2 Mobile data
11.2.3 Mobile broadband
11.3 Regulatory issues
11.3.1 Roaming
11.3.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
11.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.3.4 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
11.3.5 Spectrum auctions
11.4 Mobile infrastructure
11.4.1 Digital networks
11.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
11.5 Major mobile operators
11.5.1 Vodafone Malta
11.5.2 GO Mobile
11.5.3 Melita Mobile
11.5.4 MVNOs
11.6 Mobile content and applications
11.6.1 Mobile TV
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Malta 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (Jun)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Annual fixed numbers ported 2007 - 2016
Table 8 Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007 - 2016
Table 9 Total fixed-line calls 2009 - 2016
Table 10 Total outgoing fixed-line traffic 2008 - 2016
Table 11 GO financial data (Lm) 2004 - 2007
Table 12 GO Group financial data () 2007 - 2016
Table 13 Historic - GO revenue by sector 2007 - 2012
Table 14 Melita Group financial data 2010 - 2013
Table 15 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001 - 2017
Table 16 Fixed lines by operator 2012 - 2016
Table 17 Historic - Dialup internet subscribers 2005 - 2010
Table 18 Internet users 2002 - 2017
Table 19 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2002 - 2017
Table 20 Proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2011 - 2016
Table 21 Broadband market share by operator 2007 - 2016
Table 22 Broadband penetration 2005 - 2016
Table 23 Broadband ARPU 2011 - 2016
Table 24 Cable broadband penetration rate 2000 - 2015
Table 25 Melita cable broadband subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 26 DSL subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 27 GO fibre broadband subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 28 Fixed wireless subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 29 BWA share of broadband market 2007 - 2016
Table 30 eCommerce usage 2006 - 2016
Table 31 Fixed-line subscribers to bundled services, by type 2009 - 2015
Table 32 Pay TV ARPU 2011 - 2016
Table 33 Digital cable TV subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 34 Pay TV subscribers by connection type 2005 - 2016
Table 35 Pay TV market share by operator 2009 - 2016
Table 36 DTTV subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 37 IPTV subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 38 Mobile ARPU contract and prepaid 2011 - 2016
Table 39 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 40 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 41 Historic - Mobile subscribers by 2G and 3G platform 2009 - 2012
Table 42 Mobile market share by operator 2007 - 2016
Table 43 Mobile traffic 2005 - 2016
Table 44 Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005 - 2016
Table 45 Prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005 - 2016
Table 46 SMS messages sent 2005 - 2016
Table 47 Average cost of SMS messages () 2011 - 2015
Table 48 MMS messages 2006 - 2016
Table 49 Mobile broadband subscribers by type 2012 - 2015
Table 52 Mobile termination rates by operator 2005 2010; 2012
Table 53 Annual mobile number portings 2006 - 2016
Table 54 Vodafone Malta subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 55 GO Mobile subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 56 Melita mobile subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 57 MVNO subscribers by operators 2011 - 2016
Chart 1 GO Group financial data 2007 - 2016
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001 2017
Chart 3 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2005 2016
Chart 4 Broadband market share by operator 2007 2016
Chart 5 Subscribers to bundled services, by type 2009 2015
Chart 6 Pay TV subscribers by connection type 2005 2016
Chart 7 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2017
Chart 8 Mobile market share by operator 2007 2016
Chart 9 SMS messages 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 Overview of digital media
Exhibit 2 Mobile operators and spectrum allocation range
Exhibit 3 3G licence allocations 2005; 2007

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