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Press Release -- May 10th, 2011
Source: Cisco Systems
Tags: Router, Video

Melita Selects Cisco for FibrePower End-to-End Broadband Cable Network in Malta and Gozo

MALTA, May 10, 2011 – Cisco today announced that it has been chosen by Melita, a leading telecommunications operator in Malta, to usher in the roll-out of a next-generation cable Internet technology nationwide across all of Malta and Gozo. The implementation of the latest generation of DOCSIS 3.0® cable technology, including the Cisco® uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router, Cisco radio frequency gateways and high-speed cable modems, within an end-to-end solution from Cisco, will enable Melita to take broadband access in Malta to the next level and provide Internet connectivity speed that can reach up to 100 megabits per second to any Maltese business or home.

Melita's next-generation network, called FibrePower, will be available across all households and businesses and will not be restricted to specific zones or require major infrastructural works. The FibrePower technology will help Melita pave the way for future enhancements in the way that fixed services are provided over its cable network. It will facilitate the convergence of data, voice and video over an Internet Protocol-based infrastructure.

This investment follows the infrastructural upgrades completed in December 2010, which addressed the ever-increasing demand for IP traffic. Through this upgrade Melita announced the doubling of the upload speeds for almost all its subscribers to satisfy the increasing demand for uploads to social networking sites, video and other similar applications.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

    • Ludolf Rasterhoff, chief operations officer, Melita:

"Melita is the leader in innovation and broadband technology and this is proven in that we have consistently delivered higher speeds and quality of service to our customers. We currently offer Internet connections to all households in Malta and Gozo of up to 50 megabits per second, which is more than double what local DSL providers currently offer. This new technology will enable us to deliver double that, with speeds of up to 100 megabits per second while also improving customer experience through enhanced quality-of-service parameters."

    • Jordi Botifoll, vice president, Mediterranean Geography, Cisco:

"Cisco's vision is to help transform cable providers into experience providers that will offer richer, faster, enhanced services to consumers. Cisco's Next-Generation Network technology has the ability to take broadband access to the next level and accelerate this transformation. We are glad that Melita shares the same vision for providing enhanced, high-quality services to its customers, and we are proud to be contributing to this fantastic project."

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About Melita

The Melita Group is a diversified telecommunications provider offering home entertainment and telecommunications services to consumer and business customers throughout the Republic of Malta.  The Melita group of companies offers IP based digital cable TV, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile voice and data services. It also owns and operates an undersea submarine optical fiber cable. The Melita group of companies includes Melita Plc, Melita Mobile Ltd., Melita Capital plc, Melita Infrastructure Ltd, and Melita Media Ltd.  While remaining the leader in download speeds, Melita also offers the best value in broadband products. Since the beginning of 2010 Melita is offering connections with downloads of up to 10 Megabits per second for just EUR 19.99 per month. For more information visit our website www.melita.com or call Melita's customer contact centre on 27270270.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com. Cisco products in Malta and Gozo are supplied by Cisco Systems International, BV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.

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