Melita’s 5G-ready mobile network already covers 85% of the Maltese Islands, with full coverage being achieved by end 2018, the company said.

Melita has partnered with Ericsson to roll-out the most advanced mobile network in Malta.

As the first operator in Europe to complete a nationwide 5G-ready network, Melita customers will be using the newest and most advance mobile network in Europe.

Customers subscribed to Melita who have 4.5G capable devices, have started to benefit from this new mobile network at no additional cost.

As the network was further optimised to achieve its full potential in terms of speed, reliability and capacity, some customers might temporarily experience fluctuations in connectivity, after which speeds would improve significantly.

Any such instances, which would never last longer than a few hours, would help further ensure the long term performance of the network, the company said.

It said the completion of this Ericsson network ensured that once 5G devices became available and the process of allocating spectrum was completed, Melita mobile customers would immediately be able to enjoy the full benefits of 5G.

These included vastly increased speeds, data transfer capacity and lower latency, leading to a huge change in the use of technology, with the first 5G-ready smartphones being launched in 2019.

Melita’s new mobile network ensures that Malta and Gozo will be entirely covered with LTE-M and NB-IoT, the best connectivity technologies for the internet of things.