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Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: December 7, 2020 Content info: 129 Pages
Description

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.

BuddeComm 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;
  • Report update 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

Regulatory environment

  • Historical overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Universal Service Obligation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • Mobile network developments
    • 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 (800MHz, 1470MHz, 2600MHz, 3600MHz)
    • 5G spectrum auction
    • SIM card registration

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
    • Mobile data
    • Mobile broadband
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • Digital networks
  • Major mobile operators
    • Cytamobile-Vodafone
    • Epic
    • Kibris Telekom
    • PrimeTel
    • Cablenet
    • MVNOs
    • Mobile content and applications

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • 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

Fixed network operators

  • Cyta
  • Epic
  • PrimeTel

Telecommunications infrastructure

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

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

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

List of Charts

  • 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

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 2 - Access and the local loop
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