|€ 474 million (2011) |
Number of employees
|2,352 monthly & 544 hourly (2009)|
|Subsidiaries||Cytacom Solutions Networking solutions
Cyta UK Telephony services in the United Kingdom
CytaGlobal Hellas Telephony services in Greece
EmporionPlaza e-commerce services
Cyprus Phone Mobile Phone Guide and News
IRISSAT Satellite Services
CYTA (short for CYprus Telecommunication Authority, pronounced SEE-ta in Cyprus) (Greek: Αρχή ΤΗλεπικοινωνιών Κύπρου ATHK acronym pronounced "ateek") is the national telecommunications provider of Cyprus. The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta), a semi-governmental organisation incorporated by law, is the leading provider of Integrated Electronic Communications in Cyprus. Originally established as Cyprus Inland Telecommunications Authority (C.I.T.A.) in 1955, it was renamed Cyta in 1961 after taking control of external communications from Cable and Wireless Ltd.
It is the dominant provider of fixed line telecommunications, mobile telecommunications and Ιnternet access in Cyprus.
Cyta has provided mobile telephony service since 1988, which currently operates under the name Cytamobile-Vodafone, following a Network Partnership Agreement with Vodafone in 2004. It provides Internet access since 1995 under the Cytanet brand and it now offers broadband services DSL Access. Branded as miVision then, Cyta entered in 2004 the digital and interactive television market. The service has been renamed Cytavision.
In the article CEL and Startup Europe promote opportunities, which appeared in the hard copy of Cyprus Mail of 15 August 2014, but not yet found in its website the same day (http://www.cyprus-mail.com/), CYTA is written as CyTA. The article refers to an event hosted in the CyTA hall in Nicosia.
Nowadays, Cyta provides a broad range of services and facilities for voice and data applications in both fixed and mobile telephony. Particular emphasis is placed on the provision of value added services, such as content/multimedia via the Internet which, according to industry projections, will be the dominant business activity of the next decade.
Building on its role as a telecommunications hub in the South-Eastern Mediterranean, Cyta expanded its operations in the Greek market, offering broadband Internet and fixed telephony services in specific areas of Greece, with plans for further expansion in the future. It also operates in the British market, under the brand Cyta UK, offering "tailored network solutions"[clarification needed] to customers based on the IP-MPLS platform. Central and Eastern Europe are markets that have also been targeted.
In recent years and following Cyprus’ accession to the European Union in 2004, Cyta faced a number of challenges with regards to the legal implications and regulations of operating within the European Bloc, the fierce competition this brings as well as the ever changing developments in telecommunications.
Cyta is the first organisation in Cyprus that has become a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). In 2007 the foundation officially declared that Cyta be Recognised for Excellence and placed it in the highest ranking at five stars. (Cyta website)
The company covers the whole country with digital PSTN and ISDN telephone lines and also offers ADSL in all urban areas. Cyta is offering fixed telephony, Internet service (Cytanet), mobile telephony (Cytamobile-Vodafone) and Pay TV (Cytavision).