Cyprus - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The broadband market in Cyprus is developing steadily following a few years of low growth exacerbated by economic difficulties. DSL remains the dominant access platform, with cable broadband restricted to a single operator, Cablenet. Although Cablenet's network was for long concentrated in a few key towns, under the management of its majority-owner GO the company has invested in both its fixed-line and mobile networks, and by early 2017 its cable infrastructure covered 45% of the island's premises. Fibre infrastructure in Cyprus is still comparatively in its infancy, with the incumbent telco Cyta having lacked the resources to invest in a fibre network. However, the privatisation of the company, anticipated later in 2017 after some delays, could also create a separate operator to manage networks resources and attract investors. This could in turn be a catalyst for future progress in the sector.
Alternative DSL operators have taken advantage of regulated wholesale network access, resulting in a steady fall in the incumbent's broadband market share. Growing broadband usage, supported by government policy, is also shaping Cyprus's emerging internet society and encouraging developments in e-commerce.
This report provides an overview of Cyprus's broadband and digital media markets, detailing industry developments and providing key statistics on areas including cable and DSL broadband, fibre networks and IP-delivered services such as videostreaming. Information contained in this report mainly relates to the Greek Cypriot area.
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