- Ericsson chosen to deploy Epic’s 5G radio access network and strengthen the operator’s nationwide network in Malta
- Modernization to increase network quality, capacity, speed and operational efficiency while delivering climate impact benefits
- Network to serve as an ‘open innovation platform’ for Malta
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) has been selected by Epic as their exclusive 5G radio access network (RAN) provider, bringing the wide-reaching benefits of 5G to Malta. As part of the new partnership, Epic will use Ericsson’s technology leadership to fully modernize their existing network.
RAN products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and Ericsson Antenna System will be deployed in Epic’s network as part of a smooth, fast, and cost-effective shift to 5G that will accelerate the digital transformation of Maltese society.
Ericsson RAN portfolio also includes Massive MIMO technology, which enables communication service providers to capitalize on mid-band 5G spectrum. And with a unique approach to energy optimization, Ericsson's radios and basebands will also improve the carbon footprint of Epic’s current network, contributing to significant energy savings.
Tamas Banyai, CEO of Epic, says: “Partnering with Ericsson will help Epic deliver on its ‘Great Network’ promise to our customers. The full modernization of our radio network and the deployment of the latest 5G technology means that our customers throughout the country can expect significant improvements in mobile connectivity with higher speeds and lower latency for streaming along with a whole new world of future applications. We continue building the best network in Malta to help our customers unlock their full potential. Our promise to our customers is to bring together a state-of-the-art network with great value. In utilizing Ericsson’s best-in-class 5G technology, we believe we can do just that.”
Emanuele Iannetti, President of South East Mediterranean, Ericsson, says: “Τhe power of transformative technologies such as 5G are paving a path to a new digital future. Our partnership with Epic will deliver on that promise and enable an ecosystem of possibilities. Gaining market share across Europe, we are pleased to work with Epic on 5G technology as their new network infrastructure partner, contributing to boost economic recovery and empowering new services and use cases for consumers, enterprises and society at large.”
With the Epic Malta deal, Ericsson now has 135 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, of which 77 are publicly announced 5G deals, including 83 live 5G networks in 41 countries.
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Epic is the leading technology company in Malta, which started its’ operation as the first mobile network operator in 1997. Epic provides both mobile and fixed services to residential and business customers. The company introduced a series of firsts to the Maltese market: it launched GPRS in 2001, deployed 3G in 2006 and in 2017 it became the first network to introduce superfast 4.5G to the Maltese islands, making it the country’s fastest network. In April 2020, Monaco Telecom acquired the entire share capital of the company (at that time Vodafone Malta Ltd). Starting with a bang, the company revealed that it is revolutionizing the market by doing away with lock-in contracts for the first time in Malta. Epic promises to bring together a state-of-the-art network together with great value, without one element compromising the other. Epic belongs to Monaco Telecom, the global telecom provider of the Principality of Monaco, and is a member of a dynamic European telecoms’ family, which operates in France, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus and Ireland.