Vodafone and Melita call off merger

Vodafone and Maltese cable operator Melita’s shareholders have called off their plans for a merger of Vodafone Malta with Melita after concluding they would not be able to satisfy the local regulator’s requirements. Vodafone, Apax Partners Midmarket and Fortino Captial said that they had “cooperated extensively” with competition watchdog the MCAA to obtain approval for […]

Melita taps ADB for RDK rollout in Malta

Maltese cable operator Melita has tapped technology outfit ADB to oversee the commercial launch of its new TV service. ADB will use its set-top and RDK middleware expertise to help Melita develop a range of new RDK-based services. Melita is deploying the ADB 1750CF HD HEVC STB with Wifi, and four tuners to support its […]

Maltese watchdog to probe Vodafone Melita merger

Malta’s competition watchdog is to launch an in-depth probe into the proposed merger of Vodafone Malta and the country’s sole cable operator, Melita. The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority will investigate whether the proposed merger of Apax Partners-backed Melita and Vodafone Malta could limit competition, mainly in the mobile telephony market and possibly in […]

Vodafone Malta and Melita merging to create quad-play competitor

Vodafone Malta and local cable player Melita are to merge, with the shareholders of Melita taking a 51% stake in a deal that values Vodafone Malta at €208 million and Melita at €298 million. The agreement between Melita’s shareholders – Apax Partners Midmarket and Fortino Capital – and Vodafone will combine the country’s leading mobile […]

Malta-based Melita makes board appointment

Melita, a Malta-based telecom services provider, has appointed former Telesystem International Wireless CEO, Bruno Ducharme, as an independent non-executive director. Ducharme founded and served for 12 years as the CEO of Telesystem. He is now a private investor and also sits on the boards of Orange Switzerland, Tele2 Russia, Baltic telco Bité and UK fibre […]

Cable needs to offer full suite of mobile services, says Virgin Media

Mobile telephony for cable is a “big scale game” that cable operators should enter wholeheartedly or not at all according to  Graeme Oxby, executive director, mobile and home phone, Virgin Media. The Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator is moving to a full MVNO offering as it ramps up its mobile offering. Oxby, speaking on a […]

Melita adds German, Italian channels

Maltese telco Melita has added two new channels to its TV platform Melita TV. The operator is now offering RAI International’s Scuola and Germay’s RTL channels. RAI Scuola is an educational channel broadcasting general knowledge shows and culture programming in Italian. RTL is a general-interest channel, offering movies, series, sports and news in German. Stefan […]

Melita Cable hails VOD usage

Subscribers to Malta’s Melita Cable have used the operator’s video-on-demand service over 250,000 times since its launch four months ago, according to SeaChange International-owned On Demand Group, which supplies the service. OnDemand! Club is available at no extra cost as part of Melita’s Entertainment Pack which also includes FibrePower broadband and unlimited local fixed line […]