Cyprus - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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 has been delayed and amended as a result of political opposition. In January 2017 a new scheme was put forward in which the government would retain a majority stake in the operator and have power of veto over important managerial decisions. This potentially places added uncertainty for potential, which would not have full control over a company which has failed to invest adequately in its networks in recent years, and which has seen its share of the fixed-voice, broadband and mobile markets dwindle steadily.

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 is set for greater competition later in 2017 when the cableco Cablenet, which secured LTE-suitable spectrum at auction in mid-2016, is expected to launch commercial services. The company already operates in the market as an MVNO.

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 and the market as a whole. Cyprus is a divided island with most of the information in this report concerned only with the Greek Cypriot area.

Key developments:

Legislation again put before Parliament for privatisation of Cyta by April 2017; Telecom Italy Sparkle and Cyta complete the Kimonas cable subsystem linking Cyprus with Crete; Cyta’s USO obligations extended; Cyta upgrades transmission capacity on the TE-North Cable System to 500Gb/s; PrimeTel lands HAWK submarine cable updates; report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2016, operators’ statistical data updates, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cyta, OTEnet, PrimeTel

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Revised NFR
    • 5.3 Regulatory authority
    • 5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.5 Privatisation
    • 5.6 Interconnect
    • 5.7 Access
    • 5.8 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.9 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Cyta
    • 6.2 MTN
    • 6.3 PrimeTel
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.2.2 Satellite networks
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2016
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Telecom revenue by service – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 8 – LLU and WLR lines – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Fixed number portings – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 10 – Fixed-line domestic traffic market share – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line subscriber market share – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Cyta financial data – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 13 – PrimeTel financial data – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 14 – PrimeTel revenue by sector – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 16 – PSTN lines – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 17 – International bandwidth – 2000 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – PrimeTel financial data – 2008 - 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – The EU regulatory framework for communications
  • Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop

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Number of pages 21

Status Current

Last updated 29 Mar 2017
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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