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Broadband in Malta

Malta’s broadband policy is technology neutral and favours a competitive market environment.

Summary of broadband development in Malta

Malta has already achieved the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) target of 100% broadband coverage with 30 Mbps. The DAE target for 50% of households with subscriptions over 100 Mbps by 2020 is the next target addressed in the Digital Malta Strategy 2014-2020.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

  • The field of broadband development falls under the responsibility of the Office of the Prime Minister.
  • The Malta Information Technology Agency is the central driver of information and communication technology policy, programmes and initiatives within Government.
  • The national regulatory authority for electronic communications and spectrum management is the Malta Communications Authority (MCA). Through its Information Society arm, the MCA is implementing a number of demand stimulation measures aimed to increase take-up of superfast broadband services. This includes empowering people to have the skills and awareness about how the internet can be used, for example, to achieve a better quality of life, through to personalised information on eGov portals, e-commerce and internet banking and facilities for health and social care. In addition, the MCA has a number of initiatives with a particular focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to support economic growth. This includes the promotion of cloud computing as a business innovator/enabler, mentoring, training and advice specifically targeted at the use of digitally-enabled technologies and other focused activities to support business growth, especially amongst SMEs.

Main aims for broadband development

Malta has published the Digital Malta Strategy 2014-2020. Priority activities for Malta are the further deployment of broadband infrastructure. Malta´s strategy aims at securing 100% coverage with 30 Mbps and 50% take-up rate for 100 Mbps by 2020. The implementation of this national policy includes technology neutrality and a competitive environment. Malta’s digital strategy emphasises both supply and demand-side related aspects in network roll-out, the sharing of existing infrastructure, as well as the promotion of IPv6 as a preparation for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The new Malta Digital Strategy, encompassing the National Broadband Plan, is in preparation.

Data on broadband development and technologies in Malta

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.

National & EU publications and press documents

English

Contact information

BCO Malta (national Broadband Competence Office): Malta Communications Authority

Address: Valletta Waterfront, Pinto Wharf, Floriana, FRN 1913, Malta
Contact via email
Phone: +35 6 9943 4552
Website

Office of the Prime Minister, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation

Address: Auberge de Castille, Valletta VLT 1061, Malta
Contact via email
Phone: +356 2200 1467
Website

Malta Information Technology Agency

Address: Gattard House, National Road, Blata l-Bajda HMR 9010, Malta
Contact via email
Phone: +35 621 23 47 10
Website

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