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Summary of broadband development in Malta
Malta has already achieved the first Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) target on broadband development 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
- The field of broadband development falls under the responsibility of the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, within 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 as well as the assignment of the 800 MHz spectrum band to facilitate the deployment of LTE networks in competition with the existing LTE network. 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).
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 study on spectrum assignments in the EU.
National & EU publications and press documents
- Digital Malta Strategy 2014-2020
- Malta Information Society homepage
- eCommerce National Strategy 2014-2020: Mid-Term Strategy Update 2017 (pdf)
- Malta Communications Authority Strategy Update for 2018-2020
- Study on National Broadband Plans in the EU-28
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Study on retail broadband access prices (as of February 2015)
- Fixed broadband prices (as of February 2015)
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe (as of 2015)
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe (as of 2016)
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe (as of 2017)
- Malta - country reports on performances in digitisation: connectivity, digital skills, digital public services and more