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Cyprus - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Cyprus - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Government looks to privatise incumbent telco CyTA by end-2015

Despite market liberalisation Cyprus’s telecoms sector continues to be dominated by the incumbent, CyTA, which is still fully-owned by the state. However, the much-delayed privatisation of CyTA, which is expected to introduce substantial changes to the market, has been rekindled as part of wider measures linked to a financial bailout package. The government hopes to complete the process by the end of 2015.

Several regulatory measures, particularly in relation to network interconnection and access, have given competing operators the confidence to invest in network infrastructure, unbundle local loops and launch competing services.

The broadband market in Cyprus remains undeveloped by regional standards. DSL remains the most popular platform, with cable broadband restricted to a single operator with a network concentrated in a few key towns. Ongoing investment in DOCSIS3.0 technology may encourage churn from DSL networks in the cable footprint areas, given the relatively slow speed of current DSL options. 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 shaping Cyprus’s emerging internet society.The mobile market is dominated by Cytamobile-Vodafone and MTN Cyprus, while a third operator, PrimeTel Mobile, launched operations as an MVNO in mid-2011. PrimeTel was awarded a multi-spectrum licence in early 2014. Thus far the operator has only a small market share, but it has placed greater competitive pressure on other players.

Key developments

Government appoints bankers to advise on privatisation of CyTA, expected by end-2015; CyTA’s USO obligations extended; CyTA upgrades transmission capacity on the TE-North Cable System to 500Gb/s; PrimeTel lands HAWK submarine cable; government commits to all premises having access to 30Mb/s broadband by 2020; PrimeTel contracts SmartLabs for IPTV delivery platform, expands IPTV service nationally; regulator’s market data to June 2014; operators’ statistical updates for 2014; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report

CyTA, OTEnet, PrimeTel, Multichoice, Cytamobile-Vodafone, MTN Cyprus, Kibris Telecom


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
4.1 Fixed network operators Overview
4.2 CyTA
4.3 MTV
4.4 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. Broadband Market
6.1 Overview
6.2 Broadband statistics
6.3 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.4 Cable broadband
6.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
6.6 Wireless broadband
6.7 Mobile broadband
6.8 Fixed broadband forecasts 2013; 2015; 2020
6.8.1 Scenario 1 stronger broadband subscriber growth
6.8.2 Scenario 2 slower broadband subscriber growth
7. Digital Media/Digital economy
7.1 Digital economy
7.1.1 Overview
7.1.2 E-government
7.1.3 E-commerce
7.2 Digital media and broadcasting market
7.2.1 Overview
7.2.2 Digital TV
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Cyprus's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.2.2 Second GSM licence
8.2.3 3G licences awarded in Northern Cyprus
8.2.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
8.2.5 2.6GHz spectrum auction
8.2.6 Multi-spectrum auction (900, 1800, 2100MHz)
8.2.7 SIM card registration
8.3 Mobile technologies
8.3.1 Digital
8.3.2 Third generation mobile (3G)
8.4 Major mobile operators
8.4.1 Overview of operators
8.4.2 Cytamobile-Vodafone
8.4.3 MTN Cyprus
8.4.4 Kibris Telekom
8.4.5 PrimeTel
8.5 Prepaid services
8.6 Mobile data services
8.6.1 Overview
8.6.2 Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
8.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
8.6.4 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
8.6.5 Mobile TV
8.7 Mobile content and applications
Table 1 Country statistics 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 LLU and WLR lines 2009 - 2013
Table 8 Fixed-line domestic traffic market share 2009 - 2013
Table 9 Fixed-line subscriber market share 2009 - 2013
Table 10 CyTA financial data 2005 - 2012
Table 11 PrimeTel financial data 2008 - 2014
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2015
Table 13 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 14 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2003 - 2015
Table 16 Fixed broadband market share by data speed 2009 - 2014
Table 17 Broadband market share by operator 2008 - 2014
Table 18 Broadband retail market share by operator 2009 - 2013
Table 19 Wireless broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 20 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 21 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2012 - 2014
Table 22 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 23 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 24 Cable TV/broadband/IPTV market share 2008 - 2013
Table 25 Cable TV/broadband/IPTV/fixed telephony market share 2008 - 2014
Table 26 IPTV market share by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 27 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2004
Table 28 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 29 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2005 - 2014
Table 30 MTN mobile subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 31 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 32 Total SMS messages sent 2006 - 2015
Chart 1 CyTA financial data 2005 - 2012
Chart 2 PrimeTel financial data 2008 - 2014
Chart 3 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2003 - 2015
Chart 4 Broadband market share by operator 2008 - 2014
Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2001 - 2015
Exhibit 1 The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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