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Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

This report covers trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, Internet society and digital TV developments. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU, MOU;
  • Internet, IPTV;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
  • Convergence and digital media.Researcher:- Paul KwonCurrent publication date:- November 2010 (9th Edition)Next publication date:- November 2011


Hints evident of improved competition across the marketCyprus is a modern and prosperous nation in the Mediterranean, and posses a services-dominated economy. Economic growth has been assisted by its EU member status. Adoption of the Euro in 2008, conservative financial sector practices and strict supervision allowed Cyprus’ financial sector to escape the worst of the global economic turmoil although real GDP contracted by 1.7% in 2009, with a further 0.4% contraction forecasted by the EU for 2010, before a turn around of 1.3% expansion expected for 2011.

The nation possesses a well-developed telecoms market shaped by EU regulatory principles. The market has been fully liberalised although the incumbent remains government-owned, one of the few remaining in the EU. Government ownership of the incumbent is perceived as an impediment to competition, given the slow progress in stimulating competition through implementing regulatory reform. This will continue to be the case until the incumbent is privatised.

Broadband accounts for the majority of household Internet connections in Cyprus with ADSL the most popular fixed broadband access platform. Competition is based both on competing infrastructure deployments as well as EU regulatory principles designed to create a viable wholesale market. Competing infrastructure platforms include cable and wireless.

Growing broadband TV and cable TV availability has expanded competition in the broadcasting market, competing with terrestrial and satellite platforms.

Two mobile network operators offer services in Cyprus. With the mobile voice market at near saturation, the launch of 3G/HSDPA networks has opened up a new revenue growth opportunity centred on mobile broadband, with both operators offering competitive offerings with generous data allowances.

Market highlights:Ongoing activity by the regulator is improving the wholesale market as evident by every decreasing costs for unbundled and shared access loops.The majority of households possess a fixed broadband connection, signalling intensified competition in the coming years due to shrinking first-time subscriber acquisition opportunities.A second digital terrestrial TV licence was awarded in August 2010 to a consortium of TV broadcasters and ISPs, offering competition to the competing digital terrestrial TV platform operated by the public broadcaster.Development of the Mobile Virtual Network Operator market is likely after both mobile network operators were obliged to offer Mobile Virtual Network Operator access.Cyprus broadband and telecoms statistics - 2010

Sector | 2010 | 2011 |
Broadband (thousand) |
Fixed broadband penetration | 200 | 210 |
Mobile broadband penetration | 610 | 660 |
Subscribers to telecoms services (thousand) |
Fixed-line telephone subscribers | 405 | 405 |
Mobile phone subscribers | 1,650 | 1,690 |
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Country overview
2.2 Overview of the Cypriot telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 History
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 Market
4.1 Overview
4.2 CyTA
4.3 OTEnet
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. Internet Market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Internet statistics
6.2 Cyprus’s emerging Internet economy
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 E-government
6.2.3 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 broadcasting market
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
9.5 Mobile voice 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
9.6.7 BlackBerry
9.7 Mobile content and applications
10. Forecasts
10.1 Fixed broadband forecasts - 2010 - 2013; 2020
10.1.1 Scenario 1 - higher broadband subscriber growth
10.1.2 Scenario 2 - lower broadband subscriber growth
11. Glossary of Abbreviations
Table 1 - Country statistics Cyprus - 2010
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2010
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2010
Table 4 - Internet subscriber statistics - 2010
Table 5 - Broadband statistics - 2010
Table 6 - Mobile statistics - 2010
Table 7 - National telecommunications authority
Table 8 - CyTA interconnection rates - 2006 - 2009
Table 9 - Cost of local loop unbundling and share access - 2006 - 2009
Table 10 - PrimeTel financial data - 2009
Table 11 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2011
Table 12 - Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates - 1999 - 2011
Table 13 - Workplace network usage by network type - 2006 - 2010
Table 14 - E -education usage by individuals - 2007 - 2010
Table 15 - E-education usage by businesses - 2009 - 2010
Table 16 - Uptake of e-government services by businesses - 2004 - 2010
Table 17 - Uptake up of e-government services by individuals - 2004 - 2010
Table 18 - Online purchases by individuals - 2005 - 2010
Table 19 - Electronic sales as percentage of total non-VAT turnover for non-financial sector businesses with 10 or more employees - 2009
Table 20 - Broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2001 - 2010
Table 21 - Fixed broadband subscribers by data speed - January 2010
Table 22 - Cable TV/IPTV market share - January 2010
Table 23 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2011
Table 24 - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2000 - 2010
Table 25 - Total SMS messages sent - 2006 - 2010
Table 26 - Total mobile broadband capable subscribers - 2007 - 2011
Table 27 - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
Table 28 - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
Exhibit 1 - The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 - Access and the local loop

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