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Cyprus - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts


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BuddeComm’s annual publication, Cyprus - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in one of Europe’s smaller countries. The report includes the regulator’s market data to June 2012, operators’ statistical data updates to June 2012, and market developments to early 2013.

Telecom market overview

Despite market liberalisation Cyprus’s telecoms market continues to be dominated by the incumbent, which is still fully-owned by the government. Improved regulatory conditions, particularly in relation to network interconnection and access, has given competing operators the confidence to invest in network infrastructure, unbundle local loops and launch competing services.

Mobile market

Two MNOs offer services in Cyprus, along with a small number of MVNOs which are gaining market share. Operators have upgraded their networks with new technologies and infrastructure to exploit the revenue potential from mobile data and broadband services.

Key telecom parameters – 2010; 2013
Sector | 2010 | 2013
Subscribers by sector (thousand):
Fixed broadband subscribers | 225 | 245
Fixed-line telephony | 405 | 405
Mobile phone subscribers | 1,030 | 1,180
Penetration by sector:
Fixed broadband | 25% | 27%
Fixed-line | 47% | 47%
Mobile phone | 131% | 141%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Market Highlights

Prepaid mobile subscribers marginally dominate the sector despite lower ARPU from operators. Efforts to migrate subscribers to contract plans are beginning to show effects, with a slow rise in the proportion of contract subscribers.

PrimeTel Mobile launched services in mid-2011 and though it has less than 1% of the mobile market by subscribers the company’s success in the fixed-line and TV sectors indicates that greater competition and cheaper access prices will develop well during 2012.

Cablenet provides the fastest broadband services in Cyprus, though its network is restricted to a few of the major towns. Its DSL network has extended its reach to other areas, though there is little prospect of capital investment to extend its cable network as well.

IPTV has become very popular, with PrimeTel and CyTA offering up to 150 channels. Triple play services are available widely, with Cablenet’s market share growing steadily at the expense of both CyTA and PrimeTel.

In 2012 Cablenet deployed a back-office system from SeaChange to support its VoD and time-shift TV services.

CyTA has deployed an optical transport platform to enable 500Gb/s transmission on the TE-North Cable System connecting the country to Asia and Africa to Europe.

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in Greece.

It provides further information on:

Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA and LTE;
Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
ARPU statistics and forecasts.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.


1. Key Statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of the Cypriot telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 History
3.1.1 Revised NFR
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Cyprus
3.3.1 Privatisation
3.3.2 Interconnect
3.3.3 Access
3.3.4 Number portability (NP)
3.3.5 Carrier selection and carrier preselection
4. Fixed Network operators in Cyprus
4.1 CyTA
4.2 MTV
4.3 PrimeTel
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
6. Internet Market
6.1 Cyprus’s internet economy
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 E-government
6.1.3 E-commerce
7. Broadband Market
7.1 Overview
7.2 Broadband statistics
7.3 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.4 Cable broadband
7.5 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
7.6 Wireless broadband
8. Digital Media
8.1 Overview of the broadcasting market
8.1.1 Business models – bundled services
8.2 Digital TV
8.2.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
8.2.2 Cable TV
8.2.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
8.2.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
9. Mobile Communications
9.1 Overview of Cyprus’s mobile market
9.1.1 Mobile statistics
9.2 Regulatory issues
9.2.1 Mobile number portability (MNP)
9.2.2 Second GSM licence
9.2.3 3G licences awarded in Northern Cyprus
9.2.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
9.3 Mobile technologies
9.3.1 Digital
9.3.2 Third generation mobile (3G)
9.4 Major mobile operators
9.4.1 Overview of operators
9.4.2 Cytamobile-Vodafone
9.4.3 MTN Cyprus
9.4.4 Kibris Telekom
9.4.5 PrimeTel
9.5 Prepaid services
9.6 Mobile data services
9.6.1 Overview
9.6.2 Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
9.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
9.6.4 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
9.6.5 Mobile TV
9.6.6 Mobile broadband
9.7 Mobile content and applications
10. Forecasts
10.1 Fixed broadband forecasts – 2010 - 2013; 2020
10.1.1 Scenario 1 – stronger broadband subscriber growth
10.1.2 Scenario 2 – slower broadband subscriber growth
10.1.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
11. Glossary of Abbreviations
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – June 2012
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – June 2012
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2012
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – LLU and WLR lines – 2009 - 2012
Table 8 – Fixed-line domestic traffic market share – 2009 - 2012
Table 9 – Fixed-line subscriber market share – 2009 - 2012
Table 10 – CyTA financial data – 2005 - 2011
Table 11 – PrimeTel financial data – 2008 - 2012
Table 12 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2011
Table 13 – Online purchases by individuals – 2005 - 2013
Table 14 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2013
Table 15 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2013
Table 16 – Fixed broadband market share by data speed – 2009 - 2012
Table 17 – Broadband market share by operator – 2008 - 2012
Table 18 – Broadband retail market share by operator – 2009 - 2012
Table 19 – Cable TV/broadband/IPTV market share – 2008 - 2012
Table 20 – Cable TV/broadband/IPTV/fixed telephony market share – 2008 - 2012
Table 21 – IPTV market share by operator – 2009 - 2012
Table 22 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2013
Table 23 – Mobile market share by operator – 2005 - 2012
Table 24 – MTN mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 25 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2012
Table 26 – Total SMS messages sent – 2006 - 2010
Table 27 – Total mobile broadband capable subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 28 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
Table 29 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
Chart 1 – CyTA financial data – 2005 - 2011
Chart 2 – PrimeTel financial data – 2008 - 2012
Chart 3 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2013
Chart 4 – Broadband market share by operator – 2008 - 2012
Chart 5 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop

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