Cyprus - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The Cypriot mobile market is served by three mobile network operators. The two established players Cytamobile-Vodafone and MTN Cyprus were joined by a third operator, PrimeTel, in 2015 soon after the company secured mobile spectrum licences. PrimeTel had offered services as an MVNO since 2011. Following the award of LTE-suitable spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands in June 2016, the cableco Cablenet, which also offers mobile services as an MVNO, launched services over its own network in mid-2017.

Operators have successfully focussed on lifting ARPU by encouraging prepaid subscribers to migrate to postpaid plans and by upgrading networks and technologies to make better use of mobile data services.

This report provides an overview of Cyprus’s 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. The information contained in this report focuses predominantly on the Greek Cypriot area.

Key developments:

  • Cablenet enters the LTE market on its own network;
  • Ministry of Communications completes 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum auction;
  • PrimeTel, MTN and Cyta extend LTE services;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

Cytamobile-Vodafone, MTN Cyprus, Kibris Telecom, PrimeTel, Cablenet.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile data
      • 3.2.1 SMS and MMS
    • 3.3 Mobile broadband
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.2 Second GSM licence
    • 4.3 3G licences awarded in Northern Cyprus
    • 4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
    • 4.5 2.6GHz spectrum auction
    • 4.6 Multi-spectrum auction (900, 1800, 2100MHz)
    • 4.7 Multi-spectrum auction (800, 1470, 2600MHz, 3600MHz)
    • 4.8 SIM card registration
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 Third generation mobile (3G)
      • 5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 5.2.2 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Cytamobile-Vodafone
    • 6.2 MTN Cyprus
    • 6.3 Kibris Telekom
    • 6.4 PrimeTel
    • 6.5 MVNOs
    • 6.6 Mobile content and applications
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Total SMS messages sent – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Mobile broadband market share by operator (no specific data plan) – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Mobile broadband market share by operator (data-only plans) – 2017
  • Table 11 – MTN mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2005 – 2017

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Number of pages 16

Status Current

Last updated 24 May 2018
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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