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Cyprus - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Cyprus - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Despite the liberalisation of Cyprus's telecom sector, the market overall continues to be dominated by the incumbent, Cyta, which is still fully-owned by the state. The government has rekindled plans to privatise Cyta as part of a wider financial bailout package. The process has been delayed and amended as a result of political opposition. In January 2017 a new scheme was put forward in which the government would retain a majority stake in the operator and have power of veto over important managerial decisions. This potentially places added uncertainty for potential, which would not have full control over a company which has failed to invest adequately in its networks in recent years, and which has seen its share of the fixed-voice, broadband and mobile markets dwindle steadily.

Improved regulatory conditions, particularly in relation to network interconnection and access, has given competing operators the confidence to invest in network infrastructure, to make use of unbundled local loops and to launch competing services. The mobile sector is set for greater competition later in 2017 when the cableco Cablenet, which secured LTE-suitable spectrum at auction in mid-2016, is expected to launch commercial services. The company already operates in the market as an MVNO.

This report introduces the key aspects of Cyprus's fixed-line telecoms market, outlining the regulatory environment and providing updated operational and financial data on the major operators and the market as a whole. Cyprus is a divided island with most of the information in this report concerned only with the Greek Cypriot area.

Key developments:

MTN Group sells Cypriot unit to Monaco Telecom for 260 million;
Quantum Cable contracts for new submarine cable linking to Greece and Israel;
Telecom Italy Sparkle and Cyta complete the Kimonas cable subsystem linking Cyprus with Crete;
Cyta's USO obligations extended;
Cyta upgrades transmission capacity on the TE-North Cable System to 500Gb/s;
PrimeTel lands HAWK submarine cable updates;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2017, operators' statistical data updates, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cyta, OTEnet, PrimeTel


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Privatisation
5.5 Interconnect
5.6 Access
5.7 Number Portability (NP)
5.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Cyta
6.2 MTN
6.3 PrimeTel
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Satellite networks
8. Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Cyprus 2017
Table 2 Telecom revenue by service 2006 - 2015
Table 3 LLU and WLR lines 2009 - 2017
Table 4 Fixed number portings 2008 - 2014
Table 5 Fixed-line domestic traffic market share 2009 - 2014
Table 6 Fixed-line subscriber market share 2009 - 2017
Table 7 Cyta financial data 2005 - 2015
Table 8 PrimeTel financial data 2008 - 2016
Table 9 PrimeTel revenue by sector 2013 - 2016
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2017
Table 11 PSTN lines 2011 - 2017
Table 12 International bandwidth 2000 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed-line subscriber market share 2009 2017
Chart 2 PrimeTel financial data 2008 - 2016
Exhibit 1 The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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