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Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Cyta embarks of 10-year NGN investment program

Despite the liberalisation of Cyprus’s telecom sector, the market overall continues to be dominated by the incumbent, Cyta, which was only fully privatised in July 2018 following its sale to Vodafone Greece. The sale of the company formed part of a wider financial bailout package and was delayed and amended because of political opposition. Although it is the dominant provider, Cyta has failed to invest adequately in its networks in recent years, resulting in a steady decline in its share of the fixed-voice, broadband and mobile markets. Nevertheless, the company in May 2018 announced plans to make significant investments in a ten-year NGN infrastructure project. One fruit of this project was the launch of an FttP service in the following August, supplemented by vectoring technology on its copper infrastructure in rural areas. The financial and management support of Vodafone will likely lead to further upgrades and innovation in coming years.

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 saw increased competition in late 2017 following the launch of services by the cableco Cablenet, which had secured LTE-suitable spectrum at auction in mid-2016. The company already operated in the market as an MVNO.

The broadband market 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 its cable infrastructure covers about half 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, an FttP service is expected to cover about 200,000 premises as part of the overall NGN project.

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. Cyprus is a divided island with most of the information in this report concerned only with the Greek Cypriot area. The report also reviews the broadband and digital media markets, detailing industry developments and key statistics on areas including cable and DSL broadband, fibre networks and IP-delivered services such as videostreaming. In addition, the report assesses the mobile market, covering a range of voice and data services, regulatory developments, and technologies.

Key developments:

Cyta to invest in ten-year NGN project;
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 launches FttP services;
Cablenet sees growth in broadband subscriber base, gains 22% broadband market share;
Estonian government to help Cyprus develop e-government functions and systems;
Government commits to all premises having access to 30Mb/s broadband by 2020;
PrimeTel contracts SmartLabs for videostreaming platform;
Ministry of Communications completes 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum auction;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, operators’ statistical data updates to Q2 2018, recent market developments

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cyta, OTEnet, PrimeTel, Cytamobile-Vodafone, MTN Cyprus, Kibris Telecom, Multichoice, Cablenet


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Cyprus – 2017
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Telecom revenue by service – 2006 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
      • Table LLU and WLR lines – 2009 - 2017
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed number portings – 2008 - 2014
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed-line domestic traffic market share – 2009 - 2014
      • Table Fixed-line subscriber market share – 2009 - 2017
    • CYTA
      • Table Cyta financial data – 2005 - 2015
    • MTN
    • PRIMETEL
      • Table PrimeTel financial data – 2008 - 2016
      • Table PrimeTel revenue by sector – 2013 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2017
      • Table PSTN lines – 2011 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table International bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
      • Satellite networks
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband market share by data speed – 2009 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Broadband retail market share by operator – 2009 - 2015
        • Table Broadband subscriber market share by operator – 2008 - 2017
      • Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
        • Table Cable broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2018
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2018
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-COMMERCE
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table IPTV/Cable TV market share by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2005 - 2017
        • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2005 - 2017
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table Total SMS messages sent – 2006 - 2018
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by operator (no specific data plan) – 2012 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by operator (data-only plans) – 2017
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile number portings – 2008 - 2015
      • Second GSM licence
      • 3G licences awarded in Northern Cyprus
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • 2.6GHz spectrum auction
      • Multi-spectrum auction (900, 1800, 2100MHz)
      • Multi-spectrum auction (800, 1470, 2600MHz, 3600MHz)
      • SIM card registration
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Cytamobile-Vodafone
      • MTN Cyprus
        • Table MTN Cyprus mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
      • Kibris Telekom
      • PrimeTel
      • MVNOs
      • Mobile content and applications

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