Melita to launch Gigabit broadband, switch off analogue TV

Monday 21 August 2017 | 12:41 CET | News

Melita announced it's getting ready to launch Gigabit internet speeds. The company said this progression will improve streaming experiences across multiple devices in the home via Wi-Fi, significantly speed up large file downloads and uploads, and improve its IPTV service. In addition, Melita will reduce its analogue reception service to six channels, namely TVM, TVM2, Net TV, One TV, Rai 1 and Channel 5, from 5 September. Melita started its transition from analogue to digital just over 10 years ago. At present, it's in the process of transferring the few remaining analogue connections to digital services.

Early in 2018, the analogue service will be discontinued all together. The operator invited customers who are subscribed to its analogue reception service to get a digital box at no additional cost. In this way, their service will not be interrupted and users will enjoy more than 40 channels including all RAI and Mediaset channels as well as LA 5, Discovery and kids’ channel Boomerang, the company said in a press release.

As part of an EU-wide exercise to free frequencies for wireless communication services and move to digital services, Maltese channels stopped broadcasting in analogue with the advent of free-to-air digital terrestrial TV back in 2011.

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