Telecommunication in Malta

The development of telecommunications in Malta is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +356, there were a total of 891,778 connections in 2019. Among them were 634,768 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Malta is very well in the race. Around 86% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 40% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 14,754 webhosts, Malta is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 117.98 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Malta ranked 33rd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 16.05 Mbit/second was significantly lower (104th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Malta comes 40th with a download speed of 46.20 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 14 Mbit was enough for 58th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Malta from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in Malta 2000 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Malta
Total
Malta
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users199,241.0039.64 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines257,010.0051.13 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars634,768.00126.28 %547.36 m122.31 %