2016 Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 24 Feb 2016 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 40

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Cyprus’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2021.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- February 2016 (14th Edition)

Executive Summary

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.

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