Vodafone Malta

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Vodafone Malta
Type Subsidiary of Vodafone Plc
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1990 *http://www.vodafone.com.mt
Headquarters Luqa, Malta
Key people CEO, Balesh Sharma
Products Mobile phones and ancillary products
Employees 319
Website http://www.vodafone.com.mt/

Vodafone Malta is part of the international telecommunications group offering mobile and fixed voice and data communications.

The very first mobile call was made on the Vodafone Malta network in 1990 whilst the first GSM call was made in 1997.

Vodafone Malta's international gateway was launched in 2004 making it the first company in Malta to offer resilience and backup on international connectivity to the local business community. The international gateway spans approximately 250 km between Malta and Catania carrying three main types of traffic: Internet, Voice and Data.

During August 2006, Vodafone was the first mobile network operator to deploy 3G followed by the launch of HSDPA for high speed data transmission in December 2006.

In June 2007, Vodafone Malta launched fixed broadband based on WiMax technologies.

In 2008, Vodafone opened its Mobile Network to Virtual Network Operators. This enables anyone to set-up shop and offer competitive mobile services to local customers.

In 2010, Vodafone added another first when it announced the launch of an even faster mobile data service with nationwide download speeds of 14.4Mbit/s.

In 2012, another first for Malta was launched by Vodafone. The new 21.6Mbit/s HSPA capability was launched live across all of Vodafone's coverage area. Vodafone started also rolling out the very latest 42Mbit/s capability across key areas and high traffic sites on its network.In 2012 Vodafone Malta embarked also on a project which will lay the foundation for 4th Generation network to which Vodafone is committing its long term plans.[citation needed]