Regulator slams Cyta for hampering sector liberalisation

21 Dec 2005

The Cypriot telecoms regulator, the Office Commissioner Telecoms & Post Regulations (OCTPR), has criticised former monopoly operator Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) for not allowing new players to enter the market, pointing out that despite liberalisation, the telco still controls 93.5% of the mobile market, 97% of fixed lines and 94% of all internet customers. In a statement to the House Finance Committee, OCTPR director Vassos Pyrgos was highly critical of the operator saying that as a consequence of its actions ‘a major international player like OTEnet has decided not to proceed with new investments to penetrate the market’. Cyta’s competitors have been vocal in their condemnation of its alleged anti-competitive practises to retain its monopoly. Testimony to this is the fact that the overwhelming majority of cases pending before the Competition Commission relate to alleged trade abuses by Cyta filed by the likes of Areeba, Thunderworx, OTEnet, CALLSat, and Telepassport.