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Melita, in association with FOX, is making all episodes from the first four seasons of the US hit series “The Walking Dead” available on its OnDemand! service for 

free to all Entertainment Pack customers. All 51 episodes from seasons one to four will be available until 4th January 2015.

Award-winning “The Walking Dead”, premiered its fifth season in the US in October 2014 and is broadcast every Monday at 9:30 pm on FOX (Melita channel 302).

“After having added FOX and FOX Life to Melita’s channel lineup we are now bringing one of the top series on FOX to Melita’s OnDemand! service. With the show currently in its mid-season break, Melita customers will be able to catch up on previous episodes they might have missed while those who haven’t watched the show will be able to watch all 51 episodes of this thrilling series. OnDemand! is available to all Entertainment Pack customers and apart from The Walking Dead they may stop, rewind and fast forward from a selection of more than a 1000 titles, all from the comfort of their home”, commented Ivan Dimov, Product Manager for Melita Television.

In the latest season, after losing the possibility of a cure in Washington, Rick Grimes’ band of survivors find themselves on the road, surviving day to day and trying to hold on to their shredded humanity and dwindling hope. Stripped of security and without a direction for the future, some of the group near their breaking point, some find themselves hardened and cold and some just try to grasp on to what little they have left. Though they are still breathing, the line between Rick’s group and the dead is starting to blur. Could there be anything at this point that brings them back to life?

With more than 150 TV channels, more than a 1000 OnDemand! titles and the biggest high definition service in Malta, Melita remains the home for great entertainment.

For more information about Melita Television visit www.melita.com

Melita’s next generation Wi-Fi service – melitaWIFI – has been featured by CISCO as a best practice case study on the company’s website and social media channels.

A team of CISCO executives and producers visited Malta this summer to produce an audiovisual feature about melita’s convergence strategy, melitaWIFI and superfast broadband positioned at the heart of this strategy. The video was uploaded on YouTube and also features great shots of Malta as a primary touristic and business destination.

Writing in her blog on cisco.com Lisa Garza, Marketing Manager at CISCO commented, “Melita’s vision was bold. They determined early on to be part of the government’s Smart Island strategy to further economic development. In 2009, the cable operator recognized that convergence was the way to the future, and they added mobile services to their portfolio. Their goal was to offer seamless services to their customers whether at home or on the go, so they added Wi-Fi to the home and then expanded the Wi-Fi footprint outdoors with Cisco Universal Wi-Fi.”

melitaWIFI will also be one of the main technical presentation at “Cisco Live” in Milan in January 2015. This event is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. With more than 400 sessions, inspiring keynotes, the new DevNet Zone, and more than 90 of Cisco’s top technology partners in the World of Solutions “Cisco Live” is the largest gathering of Cisco customers, experts, and partners in Europe.

Melita has received international recognition for the melitaWIFI service and has been shortlisted for the Telecoms.com “Best Use of Wi-Fi” award.

melitaWIFI is available for free until September 2015 to all melita internet and melita mobile Hybrid and Pay monthly customers.

To view the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1JLtOLZQYw

For more information on melitaWIFI visit www.melita.com/WIFI

christmas-Channel-bannerCelebrate Christmas with Melita and Music Choice playing uninterrupted festive favourites from classic Crosby to wintery Wham on Melita Radio! You might even come across some Slade along the way. All throughout December up to December 30th we can guarantee a nonstop supply of festive tunes whenever you want them, day or night with no interruptions from adverts or DJs.

At the same time Melita is also adding two new digital music channels – Trance (ch. 949) and Motown (ch. 950) bringing the total dedicated, advert-free digital music channels to 50.

Melita’s digital music partner – Music Choice – goes through the archives to bring you over 50 years of the best Christmas music from a library of more than 2,000 tracks. Featuring evergreen favourites, the best of the new Christmas releases for 2014 and reworked versions of classic songs by today’s artists, this is the perfect soundtrack for your Christmas party or your quiet night in writing cards and wrapping presents.

And when you’re ready for the next big celebration starting at midnight on December 31st and through to January 5th, get in the party mood and enjoy the New Year’s Party channel!  We’ve got a fantastic, hand picked, party-friendly mix just for you, with no interruptions at all, From the biggest tunes of 2014 to timeless sing-along hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The “Christmas and New Year” digital music channel by Music Choice is exclusively available on Melita digital channels 900 and on Melita HD channel 950. To switch to radio channels on Melita digital TV service simply press the “TV/R” button on your remote control.

For more information on Melita TV visit www.melita.com/TV  

Now back and available on melita digital radio channel 900 and on Melita HD box channel 950.

Melita would like to notify its customers that earlier today one of its key Fiber cables in Marsaskala has been damaged by a third party contractor performing road works in the area. Customers in most of Marsaskala may suffered from limited or no services for Television, Internet and Telephony.

Unfortunately, the damage and repairs required were more extensive than originally identified, however, services were all resumed to normal by 3.45pm.

Whilst we apologise for the inconvenience, we would like to inform internet and telephony customers might need to restart their modems.

300X250_telecoms.com_Awards_shortlistmelitaWIFI has been shortlisted for the “Best Use of Wi-Fi” award by Telecoms.com as part of their international awards night organized annually to recognize the best industry practices and achievements.

The “Best use of Wi-Fi” award recognises achievements from service providers and relevant suppliers in their Wi-Fi offerings. Judges will be looking for evidence of customer satisfaction, commercial effectiveness and technological innovation.

“We are very proud that our next generation melitaWIFI service has been shortlisted for this prestigious international award. Our aim was always to bring together the new technologies in one easy-to-use service that benefits as many of our customers as possible. Whether you’re updating your Facebook in St Julian’s, streaming TV Everywhere in Valletta or listening to online radio whilst jogging in Sliema, melitaWIFI is available on your preferred device. More than 25,000 of our customers use the service now, and we expect this to grow even further as we keep rolling out more Wi-Fi locations across Malta and Gozo”, commented Ludolf Rasterhoff, Chief Operating Officer at Melita.

Other nominees shortlisted for the “Best use of Wi-Fi” award include Stadium Wifi by Aptilo Networks, Wi-Fi Roam by BT Research and Innovation and Virtualized Wi-Fi Monetization, and Offload solution by Redknee. Large international telecommunications giants such as BT, Telstra, O2, Vodacom, Verizon and AT&T are amongst the nominees for other awards.

This year’s edition of the annual Telecoms.com Awards will take place on the 4th December in London. The Telecoms.com Awards have quickly established a firm prominence within the industry celebrating the wide-ranging achievements of the key players within the global communications sector. The awards feature a diverse range of categories recognising the contribution of organisations from all parts of the value chain, and the full breadth of their activities from the most ground-breaking advances in network technology to front line innovations in customer service, and from enterprise cloud offerings to the use of green technology.

For more information about melitaWIFI visit www.melita.com/WIFI

20more customer care staff

Melita has completed the recruitment and training of 20 new staff members to join its customer support teams in the call centre and in Melita outlets.

“The new additions to our customer support teams are aimed at reducing waiting times for customers, both over the phone and at retail outlets. Melita is committed to deliver quality customer support with service levels that meet our customers’ expectations”, commented Malcolm Briffa, Director of PR & Customer Experience.

Prior to commencing their employment, customer support staff undergo a rigorous internal training programme focused on quality of service, technical support and how to resolve billing and customer account enquiries.

As announced earlier Melita’s contact centre is currently experiencing higher than usual incoming call traffic volume. Due to a recent system upgrade, certain administrative processes are unfortunately taking longer than usual. However this situation is only expected to last until the initial teething problems are ironed out. The company is working closely with its suppliers to improve the situation as quickly as possible.

In addition to increasing the number of contact centre representatives manning its telephone lines and other customer contact points, Melita has developed a web contact form accessible online via www.melita.com/contactus and customers are invited to follow the easy online process to log any billing and account administration queries.

For easy step-by-step guides on product functionality, self-help information and other useful tips visit Melita’s online help centre via http://www.melita.com/help

Extended opening hours during Christmas time

Melita Fox+DiscTurbo#A37639FOX, FOX Life and Nick Junior free to all customers until January 2015 

Melita is adding six new channels to its TV line-up from this month. The channels include top series channels FOX Life and FOX, kids’ entertainment channels Nick Junior and Nickelodeon HD, as well as real life entertainment Discovery Turbo Xtra HD and Discovery IDX HD.

FOX Life, FOX and Nick Junior will be available for free to all Melita TV Digital and HD subscribers until the first week of January 2015.

“With more than 150 TV channels, more than a 1000 OnDemand! Titles and the biggest High Definition service in Malta, Melita remains the home for great entertainment. We are now adding six new channels to our line-up including FOX and FOX Life broadcasting some of the top US TV series, Discovery Turbo Xtra HD for all petrol heads out there and our first HD kids’ channel – Nickelodeon HD. As High Definition TV is now the standard for Melita’s Entertainment Pack bundles, we have focused on adding even more great entertainment in HD”, commented Michael Darmanin, Director of Marketing at Melita.

Some of the leading shows on FOX and FOX Life include the latest seasons of award-winning Homeland, Scandal, Walking Dead, Masterchef, White Collar and Sons of Anarchy. The channels also feature instant-hit new series such as Sleepy Hollow or How to Get Away with Murder. Motor aficionados can watch series such as Texas Car Wars, Classic Car Rescue or Jesse James Outlaw Garage in stunning High Definition on Discovery Turbo Xtra HD.

Following the free period, FOX Life (Channel 304), Nick Junior (Channel 461), and Nickelodeon HD (Channel 470) are being added to the Large and Extra Large TV packages. FOX (Channel 302), Discovery Turbo Xtra HD (Channel 424) and IDX HD (Channel 425) are being added to the Extra Large TV package. HD channel viewing requires any of Melita’s HD set-top-boxes: DigiBox HD, iBox HD or Netbox HD.

For more information about Melita TV packages click here

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Melita mobile subscribers can now get more control and double the value with the new Total Control Value plans.

The Total Control Value plans offers great call rates, free minutes, free mobile internet and a free Samsung or HTC smartphone for just EUR 20 per month. More importantly, excess monthly credit is carried forward from month to month and can be used as required on calls, SMS or mobile internet throughout the duration of your contract.

“These plans are ideal for anyone who wishes to keep control on their monthly expense but still benefit from a free smartphone and a great value tariff. We have parents that love these plans as they can give value and control for their children’s services. Similarly small business make use of these tariffs to ensure their team is always connected while controlling expenses”, commented Michael Darmanin, Director of Marketing at Melita.

Customers subscribed to the Total Control Value plans will receive EUR 15 monthly top-up automatically on their bonus account, unlimited free calls to all melita mobile and fixed numbers, 100 Free SMS to any local mobile number, 500 Megabytes of 3G mobile internet and a massive 10 Gigabytes of free melitaWIFI. And if that’s not enough, customers will also get any additional top-up doubled for free.

If you already have a smartphone and want to make use of these plans you can get even more value. Bring your own phone and subscribe to Total Control Value plans and you also get an extra EUR 5 monthly credit.

For full details on this tariff and to subscriber visit www.melita.com/totalcontrol or any of Melita’s retail outlets and authorized resellers.

Melita announced that it has completed the full repayment of the nominal value and final interest due on its Melita Capital PLC 7.15% Bonds 2014 – 2016. Bondholders who appeared on the register of bondholders as at close of business on the 15th of September 2014 received their payments by means of direct credit to the bondholders’ bank account details held by the company.

The bonds were redeemed following a resolution of the Board of Directors of Melita Capital PLC and last traded on 10th September 2014.

“Once again we would like to thank all bondholders for the support shown through their respective investment in the Melita Capital PLC Bonds. The bondholders support has helped our organisation to invest in infrastructure and services that offer more value and more possibilities to our customers”, stated Mr Andrei Torriani, CEO of the Melita Group.

Proceeds from the successful bonds issue in 2009 were used towards further growth in mobile services and broadband infrastructure for the Melita Group.

Earlier Melita also announced that as part of its refinancing process the group of companies is consolidating and simplifying its corporate structure. Melita Mobile Ltd, Melita Infrastructure Ltd and Melita PLC are now consolidated into one entity – Melita PLC. The resulting and simpler Group structure will enable the Group to achieve a more financially agile and operationally efficient organization and position the Group to continue with its execution of an ambitious growth strategy.

For more information on the Melita group click here.

Ten-fold expansion in Melita’s data co-location services set to attract foreign investment in cloud computing, online gaming and e-commerce to Malta

Melita has launched a new investment to expand its existing state-of-the-art data co-location services tenfold. The new space created as a result of this investment will also double Malta’s existing data centre capacity.

Details of this latest investment by Malta’s leading telecoms operator were unveiled on Thursday 2nd October during a launch event presided by Dr Chris Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, held on site at Melita’s new co-location facility in Madliena.

The extension is currently under construction and is expected to go live towards the end of the first quarter in 2015. The new co-location space will be housed in a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility adjacent to Melita’s existing data centre, which was inaugurated a year ago to date and sold out within a few months after launching to market.

The extension to Melita’s data centre forms part of a multi-million Euro investment that the company is rolling out over a five-year period, amounting to a total of Eur60 million.

Minister Cardona praised the company for its commitment towards strengthening the country’s telecommunications infrastructure and commended Melita for its vision to continue developing the country’s capacity in data co-location services. He added that through its investment program, Melita is creating optimum conditions for more foreign companies to relocate their operations to Malta. “Cutting edge data facilities, as these developed by Melita, are particularly attractive for financial services and online gaming operators, who are increasingly finding Malta as a reliable and secure location from where to conduct their business with the necessary peace of mind and state-of-the-art technical facilities” Minister Cardona said.

Melita Group Chief Executive Officer Andrei Torriani said that this latest investment in a new data centre continues to solidify the chain of investments that Melita has already completed to strengthen its telecom infrastructure, including a submarine fibre cable to mainland Europe, broadband speeds of 100 Megabits nationwide, and 250 Megabits in select areas as well as new international data links to the world’s best internet providers in Milan and in Northern Europe, specifically to assist locally based companies in doing business with Scandinavian countries.

“This new investment by Melita is a clear sign that our shareholders are committed to continue developing the company’s and the country’s infrastructure. We see great potential in Malta as a country that continues to present immense opportunity for growth. More co-location space is critical for the country’s success in attracting new foreign companies to Malta but it’s not the only requirement. The country has to offer better quality and very high-end data centre capacity as well. We believe that Melita’s existing and new data centres are Malta’s flagships in this sector,” said Mr Torriani.

“Our investments are enabling Malta to attract more foreign direct investment into the country, to create new smart jobs and to present itself as an ideal location for global businesses to prosper. Over the years Melita has evolved into a highly advanced, converged telecoms company providing a wide portfolio of products and services for consumers and businesses, in line with the master plans and objectives set out by successive Governments,” explained Mr Torriani.

Group Chief Operations Officer, Mr Ludolf Rasterhoff explained Melita’s strategy aimed at supporting all businesses in Malta through a robust telecoms infrastructure and powerful connectivity, irrespective whether the business has Maltese or foreign ownership.

“Strong, powerful and reliable 24/7 connectivity is critical to the success of almost every business organization. As a company, Melita acts as the enabler to conduct business in Malta and beyond. Through our investments, Malta is becoming a hub from where businesses can reach out to their customers around the globe,” said Mr Rasterhoff.

He thanked all the stakeholders involved in the telecoms industry, primarily the Malta Communications Authority for the development and enforcement of a clear operational framework. He also thanked the regulators of the financial services and online gaming sectors, the Malta Financial Services Authority and the Lotteries and Gaming Authority respectively, for ensuring that Malta continues to offer a well-regulated market for companies operating within these sectors.

Contact-Us-Banner-v3Melita would like to inform its customers that its contact centre is currently experiencing higher than usual incoming call traffic volume. Due to a recent system upgrade, certain administrative processes are unfortunately taking longer than usual. However this situation is only expected to last until the initial teething problems are ironed out. The company is working closely with its suppliers to improve the situation as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, Melita has taken the necessary measures to increase the number of contact centre representatives manning its telephone lines and is in the process of further increasing staff within other customer contact points.

Melita has also developed a web contact form accessible online via www.melita.com/contactus and customers are invited to follow the easy online process to log any billing and account administration queries. Enquiries will be directed to the respective contact centre representatives who will prioritise issues according to the impact on the customer’s services. Customers may also view details of their bills and call usage history through Melita’s self-care portal MyMelita via http://www.melita.com/MyMelita

The company also takes this opportunity to remind its customers that easy step-by-step guides on product functionality and self-help information is available on Melita’s online help centre via http://www.melita.com/help

Melita regrets any inconvenience caused and would like to thank its customers for their understanding and support during this extraordinary period. The company will continue to keep its customers updated with the latest information as the situation develops.

Meet Beverly Hills maids ROSIE, MARISOL, CARMEN, VALENTINA and ZOILA. It’s their job to clean up the messes left by the rock stars, filthy rich billionaires, and self-centered celebrities they work for.
But they’ve all got their eyes on a bigger prize: a better life here in America. Whether it’s immigrating their child from Mexico, or having a career in music, they’ll do whatever it takes, including flirting with the bosses’ son or blackmailing a philandering husband. When their friend and fellow maid is found brutally murdered, she took a shocking secret to her grave. Now, the Devious Maids will do anything to protect it.

“Guinness World Records Gone Wild” will feature average, everyday folks taking their shot at landing a place in the famed record book. Among the records the show will set out to break are the most panes of glass run through in one minute, fastest time to jump over three oncoming cars, highest dive into 12 inches of water, most kicks to the head in one minute, most live cockroaches held in the mouth, most paintballs to hit a person in 30 seconds and the most people crammed into a tiny car, to name a few.

Rising superstar Ahsha struggles to adapt to Sloane as both mother and boss, and Jelena as new part owner of the Devil Girls. All while Ahsha continues to be pushed and pulled between Derek and German. Sloane battles with Jelena while secretly working with the league to bring down shady team owner Oscar from the inside. Kyle’s forced to clean up the mess of her criminal husband. The arrival of Pete’s wife throws his life upside down and impacts his relationships with both Sloane and Raquel. While another new arrival, God-loving basketball player Zero, is immediately drawn to bad girl Jelena. All while the Devils make a huge season- long push for the championship ring.

Class is back in session. TNT’s hit drama Perception, starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?), is set to return for its exciting second season this summer. In 2012, Perception ranked second behind TNT’s Major Crimes among cable’s top new series for the year.

After a serial killer named Red John murdered Patrick Jane’s wife and daughter, Jane dedicated his life to hunting down and killing Red John. To that end he gave up his lucrative pretense of being a psychic and joined the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a consultant to the team responsible for investigating the Red John case, led by Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon. Using Jane’s exceptional gift for observation and his mentalist tricks, the team is able to close an unprecedented number of cases, but Jane’s unconventional and often outright illegal methods also bring much censure down on Lisbon’s head, making his assistance both a blessing and a curse. Meanwhile, the hunt for Red John continues…

From FOX, the creators of American Idol and the producers of American Bandstand and The American Music Awards comes So You Think You Can Dance.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE traveled across the country to Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Philadelphia in search of 10 males and 10 females from the thousands who auditioned. Those who shined during auditions were given a ticket to Los Angeles for callbacks, where they worked with top choreographers to learn, and then be judged on, multiple styles of dance.

The following company announcement is being issued by Melita Capital plc pursuant to the Malta Financial Services Authority Listing Rules:

Reference is made to Company Announcement MLT 26 issued on 30 August 2014, relating to the approval of the interim financial statements of the Company covering the six month period ended 30 June 2014.

The reference in the commentary set out in the Company Announcement to the “Melita Capital plc 7.5% bonds” should read as follows: “Melita Capital plc 7.15% bonds”.

Any inconvenience caused is regretted.

By order of the Board.

Henri Mizzi

Company Secretary

Melita Capital plc

This is a company announcement being issued by Melita Capital plc (the “Company”) in accordance with Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules: 

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On the 29 August 2014, the interim financial statements of the Company covering the six month period ended 30 June 2014 were approved by the Board of Directors of the Company. The said interim financial statements are available for viewing at the registered office of the Company and on the Company’s website www.melitacapital.com.

Company CEO Andrei Torriani commented:

‘’We are pleased to announce that performance of Melita Capital plc for the first half of 2014 has continued on a positive trend.

Following the earlier announcement by the board of directors with regards to the redemption of the Melita Capital plc 7.5% bonds we would like to thank all bond holders for the support shown through their respective investment in these bonds.”

Note for editors: During the period under review Melita Capital Group comprised of Melita Capital plc and Melita Infrastructure Limited. In addition, it owns 30% of Melita Mobile Limited. Since 24th July 2014, Melita Capital Group comprises Melita Capital plc, Melita plc, Melita Mobile Ltd and Melita Infrastructure Ltd.

UNQUOTE.

By order of the Board.

Henri Mizzi

Company Secretary

Melita Capital plc

Melita announced that following a resolution of the Board of Directors of Melita Capital PLC, the Melita Capital PLC 7.15% Bonds 2014 – 2016 will be redeemed in full on the 30th September 2014.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the company we would like to thank all bondholders for the support shown through their respective investment in the Melita Capital PLC Bonds. This is a final step in the Melita Group refinancing process which, as announced recently, also included the consolidation of all the Group’s operating companies ”, stated Mr Andrei Torriani, CEO of the Melita Group.

The bond was successfully issued and oversubscribed in 2009 and raised funds aimed at further growth in mobile services and broadband infrastructure for the Melita Group. All bondholders on the official register as at the 26th August 2014 are being informed about the bond redemption and final interest payment.

As part of the refinancing process the Melita Group is consolidating and simplifying its corporate structure. Melita Mobile Ltd, Melita Infrastructure Ltd and Melita PLC are now consolidated into one entity – Melita PLC. The resulting and simpler Group structure will enable the Group to achieve a more financially agile and operationally efficient organization and position the Group to continue with its execution of an ambitious growth strategy.

Bondholders appearing on the register of bondholders as at close of business on the 15th of September 2014 will be receiving payment of the nominal value of the bonds held, together with interest accruing until the 30th of September 2014, by means of direct credit to the bank account details of which are held by the company. The last day of trading in the bonds shall be 10th September 2014.

For more information visit www.melita.com

This is a company announcement being made by the Company in compliance with Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules: 

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In terms of the prospectus dated 4 September 2009 relating to the issue by the Company of Melita Capital plc 7.15% Bonds 2014 – 2016 (the “Bonds”), the Company has the option to redeem all or any the Bonds on any date between 30 September 2014 and 30 September 2016 on giving not less than thirty (30) days notice to bondholders.

Pursuant to a resolution dated 27 August 2014, the Board of Directors of the Company resolved to redeem the Bonds in full on 30 September 2014.

Notice of redemption was served on those bondholders appearing on the register of bondholders as at 26 August 2014. Bondholders appearing on the register of bondholders as at close of business on 15 September 2014 will be receiving payment of the nominal value of the Bonds held, together with interest accruing until 30 September 2014. The last day of trading in the Bonds shall be 10 September 2014.

UNQUOTE.

By order of the Board.

Henri Mizzi

Company Secretary

Melita Capital plc

All Melita mobile prepaid or pay-monthly customers can now enjoy free Wi-Fi through 3 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. Throughout this summer holiday season until the end of September 2014, internet access through these hotpots anywhere in the world is absolutely free for all Melita mobile customers.

melitaWIFI Travel extends the popular free melitaWIFI service from local outdoor zones to practically anywhere in the world. Melita has partnered with a global leader in Wi-Fi hotspot services to provide immediate access to millions of internet hotspots around the world to all of its customers. Wi-Fi internet hotspots are available across Europe, the US, and Asia.

Customers using melitaWIFI Travel can find more than 6000 hotspots in London and more than 5000 hotspots in New York. Planning a long trip to Thailand? You will find more than 6000 Wi-Fi internet hotspots there too.

“melita has placed Wi-Fi internet access at the centre of its growth strategy. A few years back we had taken the decision to ensure all melita internet customers get Wi-Fi access by default at their home or office. Last year we launched melitaWIFI extending the Wi-Fi experience seamlessly from home to outdoors. Now melita customers are also getting free Wi-Fi wherever they’re travelling around the world. We want their experience to be as seamless as possible – and we want to give our customers great value for money. No more bill shocks or concerns about data roaming charges”, commented Ludolf Rasterhoff, COO at Melita.

To access the service, Melita Mobile customers need to follow a quick 3-step process.

  • download and install the melitaWIFI Travel application
  • open the application and enter the MyMelita username and password
  • while abroad, use the application to choose any of the available hotspots available near you and you’re ready to browse.

The service is currently available for Android Phones and tablets, while the app for iPhone and iPad will be available later in August. Flat rate bundles will be available after the free period for users who wish to continue using the service.

For more information click here

This is a company announcement being issued by Melita Capital p.l.c. (the “Company”) in accordance with Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules: 

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Melita Group refinancing 

On the 21st July 2014, the Company, Melita PLC (C12715) (“Melita PLC”), Melita Mobile Limited (C35794) (“Melita Mobile Limited”) and Melita Infrastructure Limited (C44734) (“Melita Infrastructure Limited”) entered into a Bond Issuance Facilities Agreement with an international lending consortium pursuant to which Melita PLC received an amount of €98,500,000 for the refinancing of existing bank debt against the issuance by Melita PLC of bond instruments redeemable in 2021. 

Melita Group reorganisation

In accordance with the refinancing agreement, the Melita Group is in the process of streamlining the Group’s corporate structure. The initial phase of the reorganisation process was effectively concluded on 25 July 2014, as a result of which Melita PLC is now a wholly-owned subsidiary undertaking of the Company. In the second phase, Melita PLC, Melita Mobile Limited and Melita Infrastructure Limited are in the process of merging, the result of which will be the consolidation of all of the operating companies of the Melita Group into Melita PLC. The restructured Melita Group will look as follows: 

The salient steps in some more detail 

For the purposes of Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules, the market is hereby informed that the reorganisation process entailed the following steps, all of which received unanimous shareholder and board approval, as applicable:

  1. transfer of 99.9% of issued share capital in Melita PLC from Honey IV Limited (C41816) (“Honey IV Limited”) to the Company, against the issue and allotment by the Company of 138,560,000 fully paid up ordinary shares of a nominal value of €1.00 in favour of Honey IV Limited;

  2. transfer by the Company of its entire shareholding in each of Melita Mobile Limited and Melita Infrastructure Limited to its newly wholly-owned subsidiary undertaking, Melita PLC (step 2 refers), in consideration for the issue and allotment by Melita PLC of 206,064 fully paid up ordinary shares of a nominal value of €0.582343 in favour of the Company;

  3. commencement of the process of merger by acquisition of Melita Mobile Limited and Melita Infrastructure Limited into Melita PLC.

As a result of the reorganisation steps described above, the issued share capital of the Company was increased from €4,676,400 to €143,881,511 divided into 143,881,511 ordinary shares of a nominal value of €1.00 per share, with Honey IV Limited holding 96.3% of the issued share capital of the Company and Superholdco Limited (C50696) (“Superholdco Limited”), the ultimate Maltese holding company of the Melita Group, holding the remaining 3.7%. Also as a result of the reorganisation, previous loans between Melita PLC, Melita Mobile Limited and Melita Infrastructure Limited, and between Superholdco Limited and Melita Mobile Limited, have been extinguished. No change in the ultimate shareholding of the Melita Group shall arise in connection with the reorganisation.

Andrei Torriani, CEO Melita Group, commented:

“Melita is pleased to announce that its refinancing process is coming to a conclusion. The process attracted a very high level of interest from leading international lenders. This is based on the

recognition of Melita Group’s solid performance over the past few years, confidence in its strategy, and the ability to continue to grow in the future. We thank all those who participated in this highly competitive process.

As part of the refinancing process the Melita Group is consolidating and simplifying its corporate structure with Melita Mobile Ltd, Melita Infrastructure Ltd, and Melita PLC being consolidated into one entity – Melita PLC. The resulting and simpler Group structure will enable us to achieve a more financially agile and operationally efficient organization and position us to continue to execute our ambitious growth strategy.” 

UNQUOTE.

By order of the Board.

Henri Mizzi

Company Secretary

Melita Capital plc

This is a company announcement being issued by Melita Capital p.l.c. (the “Company”) in accordance with Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules: 

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At an extraordinary general meeting of the Company held on 16 July 2014, the Company resolved to increase the authorised share capital of the Company from €5,000,000 to €250,000,000 and to amend its Memorandum of Association accordingly. 

UNQUOTE.

By order of the Board.

Henri Mizzi

Company Secretary

Melita Capital plc

A European Commission study on broadband internet in Europe based on real-life tests at customers’ premises has once again confirmed Melita as the fastest internet service provider in Malta.

According to this study, Melita customers benefit from an average download speed of over 26 Megabits per second while competing operators via ADSL (telephone line) get less than 12 Megabits per second. Melita customers have more than double the download speed than subscribers of other operators. Similarly Melita’s fibre-powered internet beats other operators on reliability. In these real life tests Melita customers receive all the download speed they are subscribed to, while clients on ADSL get on average, 15% less than the speed they are paying for.

“Melita’s score in this independent report are the result of continuous investment by the company into its broadband infrastructure and quality of service. We are committed and determined to remain Malta’s leading internet services provider by giving more speed and more quality to our customers. Our focus is on giving customers great value for money and the report also confirms that Melita customers get the speeds they are promised, and more. Through the launch of melitaWIFI we are also ensuring that our clients get a seamless internet experience outdoors just like they do at home or office”, said Ludolf Rasterhoff, Chief Operating Officer at Melita.

The study based on hundreds of Maltese households is based on a methodology that uses hardware devices and provides the most accurate and independent results of Internet performance regardless of access to technology and home installation.

This is the second measurement of a study on broadband performance by the European Commission that covers all EU Member States as well as Norway & Iceland, using the same approach. The project is being run by broadband performance testing specialist SamKnows, which has already conducted similar projects in the UK and the US.

Melita is the leading broadband internet provider in Malta and the only operator offering nationwide broadband internet speeds up to 100 Megabits per second. It also operates a direct link to Milan connecting it to global internet backbones such as Level 3 Communications and TeliaSonera International Carrier.

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Melita, the fastest internet service provider in Malta, announced that it has connected to leading global internet backbone provider TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC). This enables direct, fast access to TSIC’s customer base across 85 countries. For example, 80% of the world’s top 20 content providers are directly connected, enhancing the Internet experience for Melita’s customers.

“Melita is determined to maintain its position as broadband leader in Malta for residential and business customers alike. We invest heavily in our infrastructure in Malta and are proud to work with TSIC as a leading carrier to deliver best in class connectivity to the rest of the world. Higher speeds and best quality of service are our guiding principles. The link to TeliaSonera International Carrier is welcome news especially for business customers operating in the gaming industry”, commented Ludolf Rasterhoff, COO at Melita.

“End users are demanding more – moving beyond being connected to being immersed in their connectivity. This means closer co-operation with our communication service provider customers, such as Melita, so we can act together to meet rapidly changing demands. We are proud that Melita has chosen TSIC and we look forward to working together in the exciting and challenging times ahead.” added Staffan Göjeryd, Vice President, Data and Infrastructure, TeliaSonera International Carrier.

The new link to TSIC means that Melita will be able to provide even better quality international connections to the Internet. Home users will experience this particularly when using applications like online multi-player games, video streaming and other applications that require ever quicker response from different points around the world. For business customers, the improved connectivity performance, driven by better latency and even lower packet loss, results in a more efficient network experience. This is particularly relevant for businesses which operate their business online, or ‘in the cloud’.

The link to TSIC complements other investments by Melita aimed at enhancing quality of service for its internet customers, especially business customers. Less than two years ago Melita extended its international reach to Milan to enhance international connectivity as well invested in a state-of the art colocation data centre.

Melita is the leading broadband internet provider in Malta and the only operator offering nationwide broadband internet speeds up to 100 Megabits per second. It also operates a direct link to Milan connecting it to global internet backbones such as TSIC.

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As of the 15th of May 2014, FOX Sports (channel 603) and FOX Sports HD (channel 620) are available on the Melita TV lineup. The leading sports TV channel which includes coverage of competitions such as the NFL, MLB, NCAA Basketball and NASCAR will be launched for the first time in Malta only on Melita TV.

Michael Darmanin, Director of Marketing at Melita said, “We are very excited to launch the FOX Sports channels on Melita’s TV network. With coverage of some of the biggest American sports events as well as other key European competitions, FOX Sports promises to be a very welcome addition to our lineup amongst our customers. There’s a growing following in Malta to events such as the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB).”

Adam Theiler, Executive Vice President – South Europe & Africa of FOX International Channels commented: “We are very happy to see our partnership with Melita grow, following the addition of FOX Sports to the platform’s bouquet. FOX Sports features international and regional sports events, delivering more action, more emotion and more fun for the fans! Sports is an area under the strategic scope of FIC and our focus is on expanding to new markets, with new acquisitions.”

Vasilis Iliopoulos, General Manager of FOX International Channels Greece, added: “We are excited to see the launch of FOX Sports in Malta, on Melita. Our goal is to provide the subscribers of Melita a fantastic in-game experience taking them to the courtside of some of the most fascinating American sports all the way through to the finals, among others the NFL Super Bowl; while complemented with news, highlights and fresh programming from a variety of European sports.”

Along with the major leagues such as NFL and MLB, the channels will also include the PGA EuroPro Golf Tour, Extreme sports such as the Sea Master Sailing, Fights sports including the King of Kings event and much more.

Both FOX Sports (channel 603) and FOX Sports HD (channel 620) have been added for free to the Melita XL TV package lineup. The HD version is available to Home Entertainment Pack customers.

Melita TV is the leading TV operator in Malta offering HD and interactive TV services across Malta and Gozo and exclusively offering an OnDemand library with more than a 1000 titles and Movie Rentals for latest cinema blockbusters.

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