About Vodafone Malta
The 25th of July, 1990 was the start of a new chapter in the history of telecommunications in Malta. It was the day when Vodafone (then Telecell) established itself as the first mobile phone network operator and service provider on the Maltese Islands. Although the Malta business is one of the smallest companies in Vodafone, it was one of Vodafone’s first ventures beyond the UK and over the years, it has introduced a series of firsts to the market. It introduced its GSM network in 1997, the same year that Telecell rebranded to Vodafone.
It was the first to introduce GPRS in 2001 and the first to deploy 3G in 2006. In 2013, Vodafone Malta was the first to deploy 4G across the Maltese islands and the first to introduce plans with integrated roaming for clients on both prepaid and postpaid agreements within EU member states in 2016.
In 2017, Vodafone became the first network to introduce superfast 4.5G to the Maltese islands, making it the country’s fastest network. The new technology allows for the downloading of data at unprecedented speeds, 60 per cent faster than 4G, at up to 210 Mbps.
In October 2018, Vodafone Malta launched the next generation Internet of Things for the first time in Malta, pushing the boundaries of connectivity even further through Narrowband IoT.
Vodafone Malta has also contributed positively by investing in a more sustainable society. Since 2003, the Vodafone Malta Foundation has donated over €3 million to local causes across Malta and Gozo.
In April 2020, Monaco Telecom acquired the entire share capital of Vodafone Malta Ltd. Monaco Telecom is the exclusive telecommunications provider of the Principality of Monaco and a member of NJJ Holding. The company will continue operating under the Vodafone brand for a transitional period.
Tamas Banyai – Chief Executive Officer
Tamas Banyai is an accomplished telecommunications business leader with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He joined Vodafone in Hungary in 1999 where he held various roles in marketing and customer operations. In 2009 he was promoted to Head of Consumer Marketing, followed by the position of Head of Retail in 2012. In 2014, he moved to Vodafone Malta to head the Consumer Business Unit, where he was responsible for all strategic, brand, marketing, customer experience and customer operations segments of the business.
Following the sale of Vodafone Malta to Monaco Telecom in 2020, Tamas was given the role of leading the new company as Chief Executive Officer.