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Today’s Newspaper Cuttings


20 June 2014

Today’s news in the papers Timesofmalta.com Electronic billing – Melita Direct

Maltatoday.com.mt Coast road works cause service outage for GO users – GO Direct

Independent.com.mt PN MPs refuse to comment before internal discussion on phone tapping – Vodafone Indirect GO statement on disruption to network – GO Direct

Josannecassar.com GO extends now cost international calling service to mobile – GO Direct – GO Direct GO service cut off due to damage by third parties – GO Direct

Gozonews.com Extensive damage to GO infrastructure affecting services to some areas – GO Direct

Maltastar.com Road works damage GO services – GO Direct

di-ve.com GO repairs completed – GO Direct

Maltarightnow.com Hsarat fis-servizzi tal-GO f’Bahar ic-Cagfhaq – GO Direct Is-servizzi ta’ GO fil-lokalitajiet qrib Bahar ic-Caghaq lura ghan-normal – GO Direct


Vodafone in the news


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VODAFONE INDIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 20 JUNE 2014 €

PN MPs refuse to comment before internal discussion on phone tapping Friday, 20 June 2014, 10:55 , by Neil Camilleri

To sign the petition requesting Parliament to release the total number of phone, email and internet interceptions since 2009, click here. Nationalist MPs have refused to comment on the issue of phone tapping and on whether the government should publish the number of interceptions made by the state and insisted that the matter must first be discussed by the PN parliamentary group. This paper asked a number of PN MPs on the subject of phone tapping as they entered Parliament on Monday evening.

The Malta Independent has been following the matter closely and has launched an online

petition calling on the government to release the total number of phone, email and internet interceptions since 2009. The petition was launched after Vodafone revealed the existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance. The company said that its Malta subsidiary alone – one of three major service providers in the country – had received almost 4,000 requests for metadata in 2013. Metadata deals with the location of a device when messages are sent or when calls are made. The number of interceptions – the actual content of phone calls through wire taps, as well as the content of messages and emails – is not known.


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PN Whip David Agius said he would be making his arguments during the meeting but would not reveal his opinions. Deputy Speaker Censu Galea and Gozitan MP Frederick Azzopardi gave the same answer and Ryan Callus said he would prefer not to comment until he looks into the matter. “This is a serious matter that could tread on the right to privacy and I would prefer to study the matter further before commenting.”

The Malta Independent also spoke to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who said he has been

advised that the release of such information would amount to a breach of national security. “We already have all the checks and balances in place,” said Dr Muscat, who insisted that the number of interceptions was miniscule when compared to figures being mentioned in the media. Other government MPs, such as Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis, insisted that the government would surely change the law if more safeguards were needed but others, including Social Dialogue Minister Helena Dalli said that these matters are regulated by the Malta Security Services law. On the other hand, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo seemed to be more concerned on the matter at hand and said he has been insisting for a number of years that the system could be abused. Mr Bartolo, said he still believes his phone was tapped during the divorce campaign in 2011. Both he and former PN MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando have criticised the investigation into their claims, with the former saying it was superficial. The MPs had been told that the Police had not tapped their phones but no mention of the Malta Security Service was made. Government officials have stated that the law does not allow the government to speak about MSS activities and as such it is not able to confirm the tapping of phones by the secret service.


Other stories in the news


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GO DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 17 JUNE 2014 € 150.00

GO extends low cost international calling service to mobile GO mobile customers can now call abroad from their mobile using the ‘1021’ service. The extension of the popular service, which made international calling from phone lines more affordable, means customers on Limitless Pay Monthly and on select Pay As You GO mobile plans can now also benefit from low cost international calls when contacting family and friends abroad. Customers can now call any country in the EU using the 1021 service for €0.25 cents per minute. Calls to North Africa, USA, Canada and Australia cost €0.30 cents per minute whilst calls to the rest of the world cost €0.35 cents per minute. These international call rates apply to calls made to both mobile and fixed lines. To benefit from low cost calling, customers simply need to dial 1021 followed by the country code and the number they wish to call. Romina Zammit, Manager – Mobile Residential Segment at GO said, “Our 1021 service on fixed phone lines has proved to be very popular with customers over the years giving them the ability to call abroad in an affordable manner . The extension of low cost international calling to mobile is part of GO’s constant efforts to make our customers’ lives easier.” More information on the 1021 service is available from www.go.com.mt, all GO retail outlets and exclusive resellers or by calling Freephone 8007 2121. Terms and conditions apply.


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GO DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 18 JUNE 2014 € 190.00

GO service cut off due to damage by third parties Following the interruption of service, GO plc has issued the following statement: “Due to civil works by a third-party in the Bahar ic-Caghaq Salina coast road area, GO is experiencing extensive damage to its infrastructure that is affecting services, which may also include mobile in some areas. The localities that are being affected are Bahar ic-Caghaq, Pembroke, Madliena and parts of St Julian’s, Ibragg, Swieqi and San Gwann. GO is anticipating the service will be restored later today. We apologise for the inconvenience caused due to this interruption.”


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GO DIRECT GOZONEWS.COM 18 JUNE 2014 € 116.00

Extensive damage to GO infrastructure affecting services to some areas Posted By Gozo News On June 18, 2014 @ 1:00 pm In Malta News | No Comments

“ Due to civil works by a third-party in the Bahar ic-Caghaq Salina coast road area, GO is experiencing extensive damage to its infrastructure that is affecting services, which may also include mobile in some areas.” The company said that the localities that are being affected are Bahar ic-Caghaq, Pembroke, Madliena and parts of St Julian’s, Ibragg, Swieqi and San Gwann. “GO is anticipating the service will be restored later today. We apologise for the inconvenience caused due to this interruption.”


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 18 JUNE 2014 â‚Ź 135.00

GO statement on disruption to network Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 12:55

Due to civil works by a third-party in the Bahar ic-Caghaq Salina coast road area, GO is experiencing extensive damage to its infrastructure that is affecting services, which may also include mobile in some areas. The localities that are being affected are Bahar ic-Caghaq, Pembroke, Madliena and parts of St Julian’s, Ibragg, Swieqi and San Gwann. GO is anticipating the service will be restored later today. We apologise for the inconvenience caused due to this interruption.


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GO DIRECT MALTASTAR.COM 18 JUNE 2014 € 116.00

\Roadworks damage GO services Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014, 12:49

Road works along the Bahar ic-Caghaq Coast Road have affected GO services around the island. The localities that are being affected are Bahar ic-Caghaq, Pembroke, Madliena and parts of St Julian’s, Ibragg, Swieqi and San Gwann. GO is anticipating the service will be restored later today. Go apologise for the inconvenience caused due to this interruption.”


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GO DIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 18 JUNE 2014 â‚Ź 190.00

Coast Road works cause service outage for Go users Service to be restored later today Staff Reporter 18 June 2014, 12:54pm

Traffic is not the only thing being disrupted by the Coast Road works, as GO customers in various localities experience interrupted service as a result of damaged infrastructure. The localities that are being affected are Bahar ic-Caghaq, Pembroke, Madliena and parts of St Julian’s, Ibragg, Swieqi and San Gwann, and include mobile services in some areas. GO is anticipating the service will be restored later today and apologized for the inconvenience caused.


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GO DIRECT MALTARIGHTNOW.COM 18 JUNE 2014 € 116.00

Ħsarat fis-servizzi tal-GO f’Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq 18/06/2014 // Aħbarijiet Lokali, Xjenza u Teknoloġija

editor@maltarightnow.com

Fi stqarrija l-kumpanija GO ħabbret li minħabba xogħlijiet li qed isiru minn terzi persuni fl-inħawi tattriq is-Salina, f’ Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, hija kienet ġarbet ħsara estensiva fl-infrastruttura tagħha li qed taffettwa s-servizzi. Dawn is-servizzi jistgħu jinkludu l-użu tal-mowbajl f’ċertu nħawi. Fost il-lokalitajiet affettwati hemm Baħar ic-Cagħaq, Pembroke, Madliena u parti minn San Ġiljan, Ibragg, Swieqi u San Gwann. Fl-istqarrija il-kumpanija qalet li qed tantiċipa li s-servizz jerġa jiġi għannormal aktar tard illum . GO skużat ruħha għall-inkonvenjenza kkawżata minħabba din l-interruzzjoni.


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GO DIRECT MALTARIGHTNOW.COM 19 JUNE 2014 € 116.00

Is-servizzi ta’ GO fil-lokalitajiet qrib Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq lura għan-normal 19/06/2014 // Aħbarijiet Lokali, Xjenza u Teknoloġija editor@maltarightnow.com

Wara l-aħbar tal-bieraħ, li fiha kienet irrappurtata l-ħsara estensiva minn terzi persuni fl-infrastruttura tagħha fl-inħawi ta’ Triq is-Salina f’Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, stqarrija ppubblikata llum mill-kumpanija GO qalet li s-servizzi fil-lokalitajiet kollha affettwati ġew lura għan-normal fit-8pm tal-bieraħ. GO irringrazzjat lit-timijiet ta’ tekniċi nvoluti li ħadmu mingħajr waqfien biex is-servizz jirritorna lura għan-normal fl-iqsar żmien possibbli. Għal darb’oħra, il-kumpanija skużat ruħha għall-inkonvenjenza li setgħet kienet ikkawżata minħabba din l-interruzzjoni.


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GO DIRECT DI-VE.COM 19 JUNE 2014 € 128.00

19 | 06 | 2014 at 14:41

GO repairs completed Article By: di-ve.com news Following yesterday’s announcements related to the extensive damage caused by a third-party to GO’s infrastructure in the Bahar ic-Caghaq Salina coast road area, GO informed its customers that all services in all the affected localities were fully restored by 20:00hrs yesterday. GO thanked all the technical teams involved who worked very hard to restore services in the shortest possible time. Once again they apologised for any inconvenience this may have caused.


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MELITA DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 19 JUNE 2014 â‚Ź 228.00

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 00:01 by

Malcolm Briffa, director, customer experience, Melita, Mrieħel

Electronic billing Melita would like to assure John Guillaumier (June 11) and also all its customers that the invoices that it issues are always available for free in electronic format. Guillaumier has taken exception to a fee, which has still to be applied, for subscribers who decide to receive printed bills mailed to their address of choice. This is not a change in terms and conditions and affected customers had been informed of this development on signing up to the terms and conditions of their contract. In addition to all efforts undertaken over the past years to promote free electronic billing, Melita has also defined the current calendar year as an additional transition period by applying a discounted charge that covers the direct cost of mail, now standing at 31c. As customers would surely understand, Melita has no control over third party charges, such as postage and bank transaction fees, to mention a few. Postage charges and the costs associated with processing, producing and delivering bills to customers have spiralled upwards over the last few years. Melita is always focused on giving more value to its customers. Over the last few months, Melita has given free access to its customers to two new services, namely, TV Everywhere (TV for smartphones and tablets) as well as melitaWIFI (high speed next generation Wi-Fi). Applying a charge for printed and mailed bills has been an industry norm in Europe and the US for many years across several industries including banking, telecoms and aviation, to mention a few. A similar tariff, albeit at a higher charge, is also exercised by other telecoms operators in Malta. Customers are encouraged to visit http://my.melita.com to subscribe to free electronic billing.

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