Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Cyprus’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband 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;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- April 2019 (17th Edition)

Executive Summary

Cyprus’s MNOs secure vendor agreements for 5G

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 though the government continues to press for a sale of a minority stake in a bid to arrest the continuing decline in the operator’s market share. As such, these plans (which form part of the 2019 budget) have rekindled schemes to privatise Cyta dating to 2013 as part of a wider financial bailout package.

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 broadband market continues to develop steadily, providing the country with one of the highest broadband penetration rates in the region. DSL remains the dominant access platform, with cable broadband restricted to a single operator, Cablenet. Although Cablenet’s network was for long concentrated in a few key towns, under the management of its majority-owner GO the company has invested in both its fixed-line and mobile networks, and its cable infrastructure now covers about 53% of premises. Fibre infrastructure in Cyprus is still in its infancy, though Cyta since mid-2018 has embarked on a significant ten-year NGN investment program which includes extending an FttP service to about 200,000 premises.

The Cypriot mobile market is served by four mobile network operators. Cyta has offered mobile services under the Cytamobile-Vodafone brand since 2004 following a partner agreement with Vodafone Group, while MTN Cyprus was once part of the international MTN Group before being acquired by Monaco Telecom in mid-2018. PrimeTel added market competition after launching services in 2015 soon after the company secured mobile spectrum licences (it had offered services as an MVNO since 2011). The cableco Cablenet, which also offered mobile services as an MVNO, launched services over its own network in mid-2017.

This report introduces the key aspects of Cyprus’s telecoms market, outlining the regulatory environment and providing updated operational and financial data on the major operators. The report also reviews the mobile voice and data segments, also covering regulatory and technology developments. In addition, the report assesses the broadband and e-commerce markets.

Key developments:

  • Cyta expands FttP services;
  • MTN signs vendor agreement with Huawei to develop 5G;
  • Ministry of Communications completes 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum auction;
  • PrimeTel, MTN and Cyta extend LTE services
  • Cablenet sees 6.6% growth in broadband subscriber base in 2018;
  • Estonia helping Cyprus develop e-government functions and systems;
  • Government commits to all premises having access to 30Mb/s broadband by 2020;
  • Cyta's USO obligations extended;
  • Cyta upgrades transmission capacity on the TE-North Cable System to 500Gb/s;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2018, operators' data updates to Q4 2018, recent market developments

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cyta, PrimeTel, Multichoice, Cablenet, Cytamobile-Vodafone, MTN Cyprus, Kibris Telecom

Henry Lancaster
February 2019

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Telecommunications market

  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Cyta
    • MTN Cyprus
    • PrimeTel
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
  • Broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
      • Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • Digital economy

    • E-government
    • E-commerce
  • Digital media

    • Videostreaming
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Second GSM licence
      • 3G licences awarded in Northern Cyprus
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • 2.6GHz spectrum auction
      • Multi-spectrum auction (900, 1800, 2100MHz)
      • Multi-spectrum auction (800, 1470, 2600MHz, 3600MHz)
      • SIM card registration
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • Digital networks
    • Major mobile operators
      • Cytamobile-Vodafone
      • MTN Cyprus
      • Kibris Telekom
      • PrimeTel
      • MVNOs
      • Mobile content and applications

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Cyprus – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue by service – 2006 – 2015
  • Table 3 – LLU and WLR lines – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed number portings – 2008 – 2014
  • Table 5 – Historic - Fixed-line domestic traffic market share – 2009 – 2014
  • Table 6 – Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Cyta financial data – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 8 – PrimeTel financial data – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 9 – PrimeTel revenue by sector – 2013 – 2016
  • Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 11 – PSTN lines – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 12 – International bandwidth – 2000 – 2016
  • Table 13 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 14 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Fixed broadband market share by data speed – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Historic - Broadband retail market share by operator – 2009 – 2015
  • Table 18 – Broadband subscriber market share by operator – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 20 – Cablenet revenue – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Cablenet broadband subscribers – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 22 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Broadband/IPTV/Cable TV market share by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 25 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 26 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 27 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 29 – Total SMS messages sent – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Mobile broadband market share by operator (no specific data plan) – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 32 – Mobile broadband market share by operator (data-only plans) – 2018
  • Table 33 – Mobile number portings – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 34 – MTN Cyprus mobile subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 35 – MTN Cyprus revenue – 2015 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Fixed-line subscriber market share – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – PrimeTel financial data – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Fixed broadband market share by data speed – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Broadband market share by operator – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers – 2005 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop

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