Maltese internet giant set to expand into Italy

Maltese internet giant Melita has announced plans to expand into Italy.

Melita will begin providing fast broadband online services in Catania, Palermo, Milan and Naples from April.

The company, based on the Mriehel Industrial Estate in Birkirkara, said it plans to operate in more than 30 Italian cities by the end of 2021.

Around 100 new jobs will also be created, most of which will be based in Italy.

Melita Italia executive chairman Riccardo Ruggiero said: ‘Melita has a great opportunity to grow in Italy as the country’s super-fast fibre internet network enters a phase of rapid expansion.

‘I am very much looking forward to this new and exciting challenge.’

Melita chief executive Harald Roesch told 89.7 Bay: ‘This is a significant milestone for Melita, a business built in Malta, which is now expanding into new markets.

‘While our core business will remain in Malta, Italy presents an excellent opportunity for growth as millions of homes gain access to the Open Fibre network.

‘By combining the skills of our team in Malta – where we are innovative leaders in the provision of internet services and customer experience – with the market knowledge of Riccardo  and his team, the future for Melita in Malta and Italy looks bright.’