The next generation of internet connection speed is about to hit Malta as Melita announced it’s the first network offering 5G on the island
Melita has partnered with Ericsson to roll-out what they’re calling the “most advanced mobile network in Malta”.
This 5G-ready mobile network already covers 85% of the Maltese Islands, with full coverage planned to be achieved by the end 2018.
Better yet – seeing as there is no other European country with a full 5G-ready network, Melita customers will, in fact, now be using the newest and most advance mobile network in Europe.
Melita’s customer will be automatically upgraded from 4.5G to 5G at no additional cost
“As the network is further optimised to achieve its full potential in terms of speed, reliability and capacity, some customers may temporarily experience fluctuations in connectivity, after which speeds will improve significantly,” Melita representatives said ahead of the upgrade. “Any such instances, which never last longer than a few hours, will help further ensure the long term performance of the network.”
The completion of this Ericsson network also ensures that once 5G devices become available and the process of allocating spectrum is completed, Melita mobile customers will immediately be able to enjoy the glories of 5G internet speed. These include vastly increased speeds, data transfer capacity and lower latency, leading to a huge change in how we make use of technology, with the first 5G-ready smartphones being launched in 2019.
At the beginning of 2019, Malta will be at the forefront of technology in Europe
“Over the past two years, Melita has dedicated itself to deliver the best possible customer satisfaction,” explained Melita CEO, Harald Roesch. “As part of this strategy, we have also built the most powerful network in Europe. This includes the launch of gigabit home internet – GigaPower – which is now available to more than 75% of homes in Malta and will be available nationwide in the first quarter of next year. As promised last May, in just six months, we have also built our nationwide 5G-ready mobile network.”
Mario Bacchini, Head of Ericsson Malta said: “Malta has always been at the forefront of digital technology. The partnership between Melita and Ericsson continues this proud forward-thinking approach. As a result, today Malta is the only country that has a nationwide 5G-ready mobile network.”