Malta re­con­firmed as the only EU mem­ber state with com­plete broad­band cov­er­age

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Malta has been re­con­firmed as the only EU mem­ber state that has com­plete broad­band cov­er­age across all three cov­er­age com­bi­na­tion cat­e­gories on both na­tional and ru­ral level.

These re­sults were pub­lished in the ‘Broad­band Cov­er­age in Europe 2015 study’ which ex­plains that Malta’s re­sults were pos­si­ble due to its small size, its highly dense pop­u­la­tion and its min­i­mal ru­ral pop­u­la­tion.

The re­port an­a­lysed dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies and ex­plained that Malta was the only coun­try with full cov­er­age of DSL, cable and WiMAX. More­over, it refers to NGA cov­er­age and re­ports that Malta has en­sured con­nec­tion through com­plete DOSCIS 3.0 cov­er­age. It also lists VDSL net­works which were passed to 75% of Mal­tese house­holds in mid-2015. An­other pos­i­tive re­sult was about FTTP, where there was a con­tin­ued in­crease of these net­works be­ing passed to homes across the is­land.

As for LTE net­works, the study ex­plains that these were first launched in the end of 2013 and by then there was a con­tin­u­ous in­crease in cov­er­age whereby June 2015 around three quar­ters of Mal­tese house­holds were able to con­nect through this high-speed mo­bile tech­nol­ogy. How­ever, the re­port re­veals that the level of house­holds cov­ered by LTE was still be­low EU av­er­age.

Through this study, the EU mem­ber States’ progress in reach­ing ob­jec­tive broad­band cov­er­age is mon­i­tored, namely the ‘Uni­ver­sal Broad­band Cov­er­age with speeds at least 20 Mbps by 2020’ and ‘Broad­band Cov­er­age of 50% of house­holds with speeds at least 100 Mbps by 2020’. This re­port analy­ses in­for­ma­tion from 31 coun­tries across Europe, namely the EU28, to­gether with Nor­way, Ice­land and Switzer­land.

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