Maltese operator GO partners with Nokia Siemens Networks
06 September 2011 | Kavit Majithia
Maltese quad-play operator GO has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to enhance its mobile broadband and voice services.
Using NSN’s all-IP mobile backhaul network, GO is aiming to develop its GSM and 3G networks by replacing its dated infrastructure and doubling the amount of its base stations its subscribers has access to. David Kay, CEO at GO, commented on the “ambitious project”, which requires NSN to implement an entirely new infrastructure to ensure reliable voice and data connections across the region. “This project entails massive expansion of our mobile coverage footprint making it the widest in Malta,” he said. “The quantity of mobile transmission sites will also be significantly increased, giving GO’s customers the benefit of a superior mobile experience.”
Malta’s broadband penetration is higher than the EU average, and the need for investment in infrastructure in the region is clear. “Malta continues to witness an increasing demand for improved data services, especially from companies and organisations,” said Joao Picoito, head of NSN’s south east Europe region. “Additionally more than a million tourists who visit the country every year make a very attractive potential customer base.”
As well as implementing an all-IP backhaul network, NSN will replace GO’s radio network with its energy efficient compact Flexi Multiradio base stations. NSN said it will integrate Cisco’s IP backhaul equipment to enable both transitions.
Offering fixed-line, mobile, broadband internet and digital TV, GO has over 515,000 customers connections and services and claims to be the largest communications provider in Malta.