One small step for Malta, a giant leap towards 5G


It maybe small on the outside at just 28km long by 14.5km wide, but Malta is as big as any other country in the world when it comes to providing the best customer experience through state of the art technology. This week in the capital Valletta, our customer Melita held an event to launch the country’s most advanced 5G ready network.

At the end of March this year, Melita signed a contract with Ericsson to modernize and expand its network to prepare for 5G, while bringing improved performance and experience to its 115,000 subscribers. Little more than 6 weeks later, the new network was launched in the European City of Culture 2018.

Valletta is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, yet is home to around 320 monuments making it also one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. It’s population of around 6,000 is easily outnumbered by the millions of tourists that visit each year.

More than one million new mobile broadband subscribers will be added every day globally up to the end of 2022. With this increase, operators around the world are bolstering their existing networks to deliver higher speeds and lower latency to their subscribers. Having a 5G ready network will give Melita the flexibility needed to meet the growing demand for new 5G and IoT use cases, creating benefits for all visitors to the island.

At the launch this week, Harold Rösch, CEO of Melita shared their commitment to structuring a unique network that will place Malta ahead of all other European countries regarding telecom infrastructure. “For our 115,000 mobile subscribers we want to give a better experience, starting with coverage. With 4.5G this is improved together with quality and speed up to 200Mbps, with the latest, greatest technology thanks to our friends at Ericsson.”

What was also pleasing to hear was Parliamentary secretary for Digital Economy in Malta, Silvio Schembri, who spoke about what this means for the country. “Malta is now one step away from making 5G a reality, to further stimulate investment and innovation in this country and to better the lives of our citizens. The Maltese government will continue to support Melita and others in these initiatives to strengthen our digital economy.”

And stimulate this will, with one thing in common – the need for wireless connectivity, and of course, that’s something that Ericsson takes very seriously and will enable many potential use cases through one network, from healthcare to driverless buses, from connecting billions of devices with very low energy consumption and low cost to ultra-reliability and very low latency.

Mario Bacchini, Head of Ericsson in Malta summed up perfectly, describing the network’s launch as a milestone in the journey to 5G.

It really was a very proud day for all of us to see the network go live; the team who made this happen in a very short period of time have shown the importance of having a strong partnership with such a forward-thinking company at the forefront of digital technology.

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