Malta Telephones
The mobile penetration rate in Malta stood at 101.3% as at the end of 2009.
Malta uses the GSM900 and UMTS(3G) mobile phone systems. This is compatible with the rest of the European countries, Australia and New Zealand.
Telephone and cellular subscribers numbers have eight digits, previously they were only six digits. There are no definite area codes in Malta, however after inception, the original first two numbers, and currently the 3rd and 4th digit, where assigned according to the locality.
Fixed line telephone numbers have the prefix 21 and 27, although businesses may have numbers starting 22 or 23. Example : 2*80**** if from ┼╗abbar. 2*23**** if from Marsa. Gozitan landline numbers generally are assigned 2*56****.
Mobile telephone numbers have the prefix 79, 77, 98 or 99. When calling Malta from abroad, one must first dial the international access code, then the country code +356 and the subscriber's number.
The number of pay TV subscribers fell in 2012 as subscribers cut the cord and began to rely increasingly on IPTV: the number of IPTV subscribers doubled in the six months to June 2012. In late 2012 GO began expanding its FttH network and capabilities, offering speeds of up to 200Mbit/s for its 'rapido' service. The government in early 2012 called for a national FttH network to be built, with a minimum broadband service being upgraded from 4Mbit/s to 100Mbit/s.
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