Telecommunications in Cyprus

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Telecommunications in Cyprus includes radio, television, fixed and mobile telephones, and the Internet, in the Republic of Cyprus.

CYTA, the state-owned telecommunications company, manages most telecommunications and internet connections on the island. However, following the recent[when?] liberalization of the telecommunications sector, a few[vague] private telecommunications companies, have emerged.[citation needed]

Radio and television[edit]

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC, Greek: ΡΙΚ, Turkish: KRYK) is the main broadcaster in Cyprus, although there are also privately owned 4 radio and 3 TV stations. A television channel from the Greek state broadcaster ERT (ERT World) is available. The British Forces Broadcasting Service also operates radio and TV stations, although the TV signal is now confined to the Sovereign Base Areas or encrypted for copyright reasons.[citation needed]

  • Radio stations: A mixture of state and privately run radio services; the public broadcaster operates 4 radio stations; in addition a number of private radio stations are available; in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, there are 4 public radio stations as well as privately owned radio broadcast stations (2007).[1]
  • Radio receivers: 310,000 (1997).[needs update]
  • Television stations: A mixture of state and privately run services with island-wide coverage; the public broadcaster operates 3 free-to-air TV channels; 9 private free-to-air TV broadcasters, satellite and cable TV services including telecasts from Greece and Turkey are available; in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, there are 2 public TV stations, and privately owned TV broadcast stations (2007).[1]
  • Television sets: 248,000 (1997).[needs update]
  • Public TV stations:[citation needed]
    • RIK 1, CyBC 1st channel.
    • RIK 2, CyBC 2nd channel.
    • RIK HD, CyBC HD channel.
    • Euronews, EBU sat channel.
  • Private free-to-air TV stations:
  • Subscriber TV: The first subscription channels in Cyprus were LTV and Alfa, offered by MultiChoice since the mid-1990s.[citation needed] The current subscription channels are:
  • Some major subscription TV platforms today are:[citation needed]
    • Cablenet, offering services over their cable network with their triple-play package with over 30 channels.
    • CytaVision, offering approximately 30 channels via an ADSL IPTV platform, as well as LTV and Alfa.
    • epic, with 40 channels over IPTV.
    • Nova, with approximately 35 themed channels via satellite.
    • PrimeTel, offers more than 30 digital TV channels using ADSL IPTV, as well as LTV and Nova packages.


Old telephone boxes in the Troodos Mountains.

  • Mobile cellular: 1.1 million lines, 155th in the world (2012).[1]
  • Companies that offer mobile cellular services:[citation needed]
  • Companies that offer Voice over IP (VoIP)/Cloud Telephony Services:
    • KCM Telecom, Volteron Ltd., offers cloud and on premise based managed service telephony solutions to businesses.


Asymmetric digital subscriber line, the most widespread broadband technology in Cyprus, is available in most urban and sub-urban areas, with multiple providers offering packages that range from 512 kbit/s to 32 Mbit/s. Cable broadband is also available in some urban locations (Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol) with speeds up to 150 Mbit/s. An internet service provider comparison website exists at the Cyprus Broadband portal.[3] Many wireless networks are appearing in Cyprus, some with no minimum contract/pay as you go[4] and others with a fixed contract.[citation needed] Quantum Cable is planned 7,700 km ultra high speed optical fiber submarine communications cable system connecting Cyprus with Greece, Israel, Italy, France and Spain.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

It is expected to have 160 terabits per second, capacity equivalent to streaming 80 million HD video conference calls at the same time. The Quantum Cable will be laid at same time with the 2,000 MW EuroAsia Interconnector. Quantum Cable will upgrade Cyprus to telecom hub and will support data centers on Cyprus.[9][10]

Internet censorship and surveillance[edit]

There are no government restrictions on access to the Internet, with the exception that gambling sites not licensed by the Republic of Cyprus are blocked,[16] or reports that the government monitored email or Internet chat rooms without appropriate legal authority. Individuals and groups engage in the peaceful expression of views via the Internet, including e‑mail.[17] The law provides for freedom of speech and press and the government generally respects these rights in practice. An independent press, an effective judiciary, and a functioning democratic political system combine to ensure freedom of speech and press. The law prohibits arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home, or correspondence, and the government generally respects these prohibitions in practice.[17]

Northern Cyprus[edit]

The northern part of the island is controlled by the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The status of Northern Cyprus as a separate entity is recognised only by Turkey, which keeps around 30,000 troops in the north of the island.[18]

International telephone calls to northern Cyprus are routed via a Turkish dialing code (+90 392) as northern Cyprus has neither its own country code nor official ITU prefix. Similarly, there is no Internet top-level domain for northern Cyprus, which is instead under the Turkish second-level domain and Amateur radio operators sometimes use call signs beginning with "1B", but these have no standing for awards or other operating credit.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Communications", Cyprus. The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency, published 5 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ Dialing Procedures (International Prefix, National (Trunk) Prefix and National (Significant) Number) (in Accordance with ITY-T Recommendation E.164 (11/2010)), Annex to ITU Operational Bulletin No. 994-15.XII.2011, International Telecommunication Union (ITU, Geneva), 15 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  3. ^ Cyprus Broadband portal. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. ^ Cyprus Internet, Leap Wireless. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. ^ "'Superfast' internet cable to cross Mediterranean sea, Business Insider, January 16, 2018". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05.
  6. ^ "'Superfast' internet cable to cross Mediterranean sea".
  7. ^ 'Superfast' internet cable to cross Mediterranean sea, US News, January 16, 2018
  8. ^ "'Superfast' internet cable to cross Mediterranean sea". Financial Post. 16 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b "'Quantum Cable' to revolutionise global telecoms | Cyprus Mail".
  10. ^ a b "Quantum Cable".
  11. ^ a b Calculated using penetration rate and population data from "Countries and Areas Ranked by Population: 2012", Population data, International Programs, U.S. Census Bureau, retrieved 26 June 2013
  12. ^ "Percentage of Individuals using the Internet 2000-2012", International Telecommunication Union (Geneva), June 2013, retrieved 22 June 2013
  13. ^ a b "Fixed (wired)-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 2012", Dynamic Report, ITU ITC EYE, International Telecommunication Union. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  14. ^ Select Formats, Country IP Blocks. Accessed on 2 April 2012. Note: Site is said to be updated daily.
  15. ^ Population, The World Factbook, United States Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on 2 April 2012. Note: Data are mostly for 1 July 2012.
  16. ^ "The Betting Law of 2012 (see section 65)" (PDF). National Betting Authority, Cyprus. Republic Of Cyprus. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Cyprus", Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State, 22 March 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Cyprus country profile", BBC News, 23 December 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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