2013 Cyprus - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Publication Overview

This report introduces the key aspects of Cyprus’s fixed-line telecoms market, outlining the regulatory environment and major players, and providing relevant operational data and financial statistics for operators and the market as a whole. Cyprus is a divided country, with most of the information in this report concerned with the Greek Cypriot area. The report also provides an overview of the mobile market, covering services offered, regulatory and market developments and a variety of key statistics, as also the broadband and broadcasting sectors, detailing industry developments, key statistics and scenario-based fixed broadband market forecasts to 2020.

Key developments:

PrimeTel secures spectrum licenses at auction; mobile broadband penetration reaches 34%; CyTA’s USO obligations extended to July 2014; government agrees to financial bailout conditions, including the privatisation of CyTA; 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 market data to June 2013; operators’ statistical updates for 2013; market developments to early 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

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

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- February 2014 (12th Edition)

Executive Summary

Government commits to all premises having access to 30Mb/s broadband by 2020

Cyprus’s telecoms market continues to be dominated by the government-owned incumbent. Nevertheless, 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 remains undeveloped by European standards. DSL is the most popular access 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 Cypriot mobile market is served by two mobile network operators (Cytamobile-Vodafone and MTN Cyprus), which have both launched 3G and HSPA services. A third operator, PrimeTel Mobile, launched operations as an MVNO in mid-2011, and in early 2014 was awarded a multi-spectrum licence. Thus far the operator has only a small market share, but it is expected to invest as an MNO in its own right and place greater competitive pressure on other players. Given the saturated voice market, mobile operators have focussed on lifting ARPU by encouraging prepaid subscribers to migrate to postpaid plans and to take up mobile broadband services and content.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

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