Malta’s DTT provider Go is lobbying the authorities for additional frequencies that could be used for the launch of high definition channels. It follows the publication of a consultation document Making Digital Broadcasting Accessible to All by the Malta Communications Authority and the Malta Broadcasting Authority. Although Go seems unlikely to face any challengers to its position as the sole DTT provider in Malta, any additional frequencies will be dependent on co-ordination with neighbouring countries. Earlier this year Go acquired local rival Multiplus.
Three frequencies are likely to be made available, but their award will be dependent on the provider being able to offer channels of relevance to the Maltese, which is likely to restrict the presence of international broadcasters into the closely knit community.
Go is currently working on an enhancement to its electronic programme guide and has been experimenting on running a secondary languages on channels that are able to make this available.
The consultation will run until December 7.