The 25th of July, 1990 was the start of a new chapter in the history of telecommunications in Malta. It was the day when epic, established itself as the first mobile phone network operator and service provider on the Maltese Islands which back then went by the name of Telecell.
The company managed to introduce a series of firsts to the Maltese market such as 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, epic (then Vodafone) 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, epic 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, epic launched the next generation Internet of Things for the first time in Malta, pushing the boundaries of connectivity even further through Narrowband IoT.
epic has also contributed positively by investing in a more sustainable society. Since 2003, the 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.
On November 17th 2020, epic brand was launched in Malta. Starting with a bang, the company revealed that it is revolutionising 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Tamas Banyai is an accomplished telecommunications business leader with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He joined the industry in Hungary in 1999 where he held various roles in marketing and customer operations at Vodafone. 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 epic (then 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.
In 2020 Tamas was given the role of leading epic as Chief Executive Officer.