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Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses- Product Image
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Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4761266
  • Report
  • December 2020
  • Region: Cyprus
  • 129 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Cyprus’s MNOs Secure Vendor Agreements for 5G

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cablenet
  • Cyta
  • Cytamobile-Vodafone
  • Epic (MTN Cyprus)
  • Kibris Telecom
  • Multichoice
Cyprus prepares for multi-spectrum 5G auction in early 2021

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 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 Epic (known as MTN Cyprus before a rebranding exercise in June 2019) was once part of the 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.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:
  • Cyta expands FttP services, begins work on the ARSINOE cable forming part of the connecting to France and Egypt;
  • Regulator preps for multi-spectrum auction, with licenses to be issued in January 2021;
  • Epic signs vendor agreement with Huawei to develop 5G;
  • PrimeTel, Epic and Cyta extend LTE services;
  • Cyta upgrades transmission capacity on the TE-North Cable System to 500Gb/s;
The report includes the regulator's market data to June 2020, operators' data updates to Q3 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cyta, PrimeTel, Multichoice, Cablenet, Cytamobile-Vodafone, Epic (MTN Cyprus), Kibris Telecom
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cablenet
  • Cyta
  • Cytamobile-Vodafone
  • Epic (MTN Cyprus)
  • Kibris Telecom
  • Multichoice
1 Key statistics

2 Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
2.1 Economic considerations and responses
2.2 Mobile devices
2.3 Subscribers
2.4 Infrastructure

3 Telecommunications market

4 Regulatory environment
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Fixed-line developments
4.4 Mobile network developments

5 Mobile market
5.1 Market analysis
5.2 Mobile statistics
5.3 Mobile infrastructure
5.4 Major mobile operators

6 Fixed-line broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.2 Other fixed broadband services

7 Digital economy
7.1 E-government
7.2 E-commerce

8 Fixed network operators
8.1 Cyta
8.2 Epic
8.3 PrimeTel

9 Telecommunications infrastructure
9.1 National telecom network
9.2 International infrastructure

10 Appendix Historic data

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Cyprus 2020 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue by service 2004 - 2018
Table 3 Change in the number of LLU and WLR lines 2009 - 2020
Table 4 Fixed number portings 2008 - 2018
Table 5 Mobile number portings 2008 - 2018
Table 6 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2025
Table 7 Change in the mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2010 - 2020
Table 8 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2009 - 2020
Table 9 Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers 2010 - 2020
Table 10 Development of SMS traffic 2006 - 2020
Table 11 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2025
Table 12 Mobile broadband market share by operator (no specific data plan) 2012 - 2020
Table 13 Mobile broadband market share by operator (data-only plans) 2017 - 2020
Table 14 Growth in the number of Epic's mobile subscribers 2007 - 2019
Table 15 Development of Epic's revenue 2012 - 2018
Table 16 Growth in the number of Cablenet's mobile subscribers 2015 - 2019
Table 17 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2025
Table 18 Fixed broadband market share by data speed 2009 - 2020
Table 19 Broadband subscriber market share by operator 2008 - 2020
Table 20 Cablenet revenue 2016 - 2019
Table 21 Growth in the number of Cablenet's broadband subscribers 2009 - 2019
Table 22 DSL broadband subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 23 Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2009 - 2020
Table 24 Development of Cyta's financial data 2010 - 2018
Table 25 Development of PrimeTel's financial data 2008 - 2017
Table 26 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2025
Table 27 Decline in the number of PSTN lines 2011 - 2020
Table 28 International bandwidth 2010 - 2019
Table 29 Historic - Fixed-line domestic traffic market share 2009 - 2014
Table 30 PrimeTel revenue by sector 2013 - 2016
Table 31 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2015
Table 32 Historic - Broadband retail market share by operator 2009 - 2015
Table 33 Historic Cyta financial data 2005 - 2009
Table 34 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 35 Historic - Mobile number portings 2008 - 2016
Table 36 Historic PrimeTel revenue by sector 2013 - 2016
Table 37 Historic Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2009
Table 38 Historic International bandwidth 2000 - 2009
Table 39 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2009
Table 40 Historic Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2003 - 2009
Table 41 Historic - Broadband retail market share by operator 2009 - 2015
Table 42 Historic Cablenet broadband subscribers 2006 - 2009
Table 43 Historic - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2005 - 2018
Table 44 Historic DSL broadband subscribers 2001 - 2009
Table 45 Historic Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers 2005 - 2009
Table 46 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 47 Historic Total SMS messages sent 2006 - 2009
Chart 14 Change in the number of LLU and WLR lines 2009 - 2020
Chart 15 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Chart 16 Change in the mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2010 - 2020
Chart 17 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2009 - 2020
Chart 18 Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers 2010 - 2020
Chart 19 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2025
Chart 20 Mobile broadband market share by operator (data-only plans) 2017 - 2020
Chart 21 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2025
Chart 22 Fixed broadband market share by data speed 2009 - 2020
Chart 23 Broadband market share by operator 2008 - 2020
Chart 24 Fixed-line subscriber market share 2009 - 2020
Chart 25 Development of Cyta's financial data 2010 - 2018
Chart 26 Development of PrimeTel's financial data 2008 - 2017
Chart 27 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2025
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop
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  • Cyta
  • PrimeTel
  • Multichoice
  • Cablenet
  • Cytamobile-Vodafone
  • Epic (MTN Cyprus)
  • Kibris Telecom
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