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Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Apr 2019

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 76 Pages

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

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 Table

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 Chart

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
Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop

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