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Go powers Malta’s lottery

Go CEO Yiannos Michaelides, left, shakes hands with Maltco CEO Ioannis Katakis during the signing ceremony held at Go head office in Marsa.

Go CEO Yiannos Michaelides, left, shakes hands with Maltco CEO Ioannis Katakis during the signing ceremony held at Go head office in Marsa.

Go plc and Maltco Lotteries Ltd recently signed a cooperation agreement which places the Maltco online platform at the forefront of today’s online technology powered by Go.

Maltco and Go’s working relationship dates back to 2004 when Maltco, a subsidiary of Intralot Group, received its first licence to run the National Lottery of Malta for a period of eight years on an exclusive basis.

In the past months, Maltco renewed its commitment in Malta through a renewal of licence with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority.

This new licence, which consists of a further 10-year concession to operate locally, gave Maltco the opportunity to deploy Intralot’s best and award-winning technologies and products to the Maltese market.

These new gaming platforms require a more resilient IT and communication network which could only be provided locally by Go.

The new platform requires higher data speeds, more stringent network requirements and resilience.

Adopting the new state-of-the-art infrastructure involves a migration from the current legacy network to Ethernet, which will provide Maltco with more flexibility, higher speeds and enhanced management.

This system’s flexibility will provide all 240 Maltco agencies with the required speeds while having a constant mobile 3G backup and it is readily scalable to several hundred installations.

During the signing ceremony, in the presence of Maltco CEO Ioannis Katakis and Go CEO Yiannos Michaelides, it was stressed how ICT and telecommunication are part and parcel of today’s industry.

Dr Katakis said Maltco’s plans to invest in new fully animated gaming experience is only possible in states where a stable infrastructure is available.

“For over nine years Go plc  has provided us with an impeccable range of telecommunications services which include fixed line and mobile telephony, digital broadband and IP services as well as internet and data networking solutions,” said Dr Katakis.

“In view of Go’s proven working commitment, the two companies have accepted to enter into another multi-year service contract,” confirmed Dr Katakis.

“This could only be achieved after Maltco was awarded a second 10-year concession and licence to operate the National Lottery Games which came in force on July 5, 2012,” explained Dr Katakis.

Mr Michaelides thanked Dr Katakis for renewing Maltco’s trust in Go’s services and reaffirmed Go’s strategy and investment, which he described as “being the leading telecommunications company in serving critical business”.

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