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Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • February 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 40 pages

Cyta privatisation promises major shift in Cyprus’s telecom market
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 is expected to be completed sometime in 2016, with legislation to this effect having been before parliament in December 2015. 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.

The broadband market in Cyprus is developing steadily following a few years of low growth. DSL remains the most popular access platform, with cable broadband restricted to a single operator with a network concentrated in a few key towns. The fibre infrastructure is still comparatively in its infancy, with the incumbent telco Cyta having lacked the resources to invest in a fibre network, although it has made progress on building an all-IP infrastructure. The anticipated privatisation of the company could also create a separate operator to manage networks resources and attract investors. This could in turn be a catalyst for future progress in the sector.

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 also shaping Cyprus’s emerging internet society and encouraging developments in e-commerce.

The mobile market is served by three mobile network operators, including the two established players Cytamobile-Vodafone and MTN Cyprus which were joined by a third operator, PrimeTel, in 2015 soon after the company secured mobile spectrum. Having served as an MVNO since 2011, PrimeTel became a full MNO, launching 3G services by March 2015 and LTE services in the following May. Thus far the operator has only a small market share, but it has placed greater competitive pressure on other players.

This report provides an overview of Cyprus’s telecoms market, including the fixed-line sector and recent regulatory measures. It also covers the broadband and digital media markets, detailing industry developments and providing key statistics on areas including cable and DSL broadband, fibre networks and IP-delivered services such as videostreaming. In addition the report reviews the mobile market, covering a range of voice and data services, regulatory developments, and technologies. It also provides a variety of key financial and operating statistics.

Cyprus is a divided country with most of the information in this report concerned only with the Greek Cypriot area.


Key developments:
Legislation put before Parliament for privatisation of Cyta;
Telecom Italy Sparkle and Cyta complete the Kimonas cable subsystem linking Cyprus with Crete;
Cyta nears completion of fixed-line and mobile network modernisation project;
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 videostreaming platform;
Ministry of Communications opens consultation for multi-spectrum auction;
Plans to provide island-wide mobile network halted by technical issues;
PrimeTel, MTN and Cyta extend LTE services;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2015, operators’ statistical data, recent market developments.



Companies mentioned in this report:
Cyta, OTEnet, PrimeTel, Multichoice, Cytamobile-Vodafone, MTN Cyprus, Kibris Telecom.

Table Of Contents

Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Historical overview
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Revised NFR
3.3 Regulatory authority
3.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
3.5 Privatisation
3.6 Interconnect
3.7 Access
3.8 Number Portability (NP)
3.9 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4. Fixed network operators
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. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 Broadband statistics
6.1.3 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.5 Other fixed broadband services
6.5.1 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
7. Digital media
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Bundled services
7.3 Videostreaming
7.4 Cable TV
7.5 Satellite TV
7.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
8. Digital economy
8.1 Overview
8.2 E-government
8.3 E-commerce
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile data
9.2.3 Mobile broadband
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3.2 Second GSM licence
9.3.3 3G licences awarded in Northern Cyprus
9.3.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
9.3.5 2.6GHz spectrum auction
9.3.6 Multi-spectrum auction (900, 1800, 2100MHz)
9.3.7 Multi-spectrum auction (800, 1470, 2600MHz, 3600MHz)
9.3.8 SIM card registration
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Digital networks
9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.1 Cytamobile-Vodafone
9.5.2 MTN Cyprus
9.5.3 Kibris Telekom
9.5.4 PrimeTel
9.5.5 MVNOs
9.5.6 Mobile content and applications
Table 1 Country statistics 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 LLU and WLR lines 2009 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed-line domestic traffic market share 2009 - 2014
Table 9 Fixed-line subscriber market share 2009 - 2014
Table 10 Cyta financial data 2005 - 2014
Table 11 PrimeTel financial data 2008 - 2015
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2016
Table 13 PSTN lines 2011 - 2016
Table 14 International bandwidth 2000 - 2014
Table 15 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 16 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 17 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2003 - 2016
Table 18 Fixed broadband market share by data speed 2009 - 2015
Table 19 Broadband retail market share by operator 2009 - 2015
Table 20 Broadband subscriber market share by operator 2008 - 2015
Table 21 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 22 Cable broadband subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 23 Cable broadband subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 24 Wireless broadband subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 25 Cable TV/broadband/IPTV market share 2008 - 2015
Table 26 Cable TV/broadband/IPTV/fixed telephony market share 2008 - 2015
Table 27 IPTV market share by operator 2009 - 2015
Table 28 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2004
Table 29 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 30 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2005 - 2015
Table 31 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 32 Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 33 Total SMS messages sent 2006 - 2016
Table 34 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 35 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2012 - 2015
Table 36 MTN mobile subscribers 2007 - 2014
Chart 1 PrimeTel financial data 2008 - 2015
Chart 2 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2003 - 2016
Chart 3 Broadband market share by operator 2008 - 2015
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2001 - 2016
Exhibit 1 The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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