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  Yiannis Koulias, Cytaglobal Manager
  Yiannis Koulias, Cytaglobal Manager

Cyta Aims to Become the Telecommunication Bridge Between East and West

By Yiannis Koulias, Cytaglobal Manager

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Cyta (Cyprus Telecommunications Authority) is a government corporate body and the incumbent telecommunications operator in Cyprus. The company is a customer-driven enterprise operating in a competitive market and provides the full spectrum of advanced telecommunications products and services. Cyta is a major provider of fixed and mobile communications and the number-one Internet Service Provider in Cyprus. It also offers broadband access via ADSL and was among the first providers to bundle this technology with IPTV. The company has solid finances with long term profitability and expanding turnover.

Cytaglobal, is the International Commercial Services Division of Cyta and is a semi-autonomous organisational unit, specialising in global electronic communication products and services. Cyta, through Cytaglobal, is active in the international market and provides products and services to telecommunications operators and business customers around the world. Cyta operates a modern telecommunications network and has an impressive submarine cable and satellite teleport infrastructure. The company couples a strategically situated telecommunications gateway in Cyprus with POPs in major telecommunications centres in Europe.

Taking advantage of the island’s privileged geographical location at the crossroads of three continents the company’s extensive submarine fibre optic cable network connects Cyprus with neighbouring countries and thereafter with the rest of the world. Cyta participates in various regional and global cable systems such as the SEA-ME-WE 3, which links Western Europe and South Eastern Asia via the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and the MED NAUTILUS System which connects the Mediterranean with Western Europe and beyond. Cyta’s international telecommunications hub is further enhanced through the MINERVA cable subsystem, the first submersible ring connecting Cyprus and Europe directly.

In June 2009, Cyta and Telecom Egypt announced that they have entered into an agreement to cooperate through extension of Telecom Egypt’s TEN submarine cable system to Cyprus, thereby creating reciprocal Eurasia and Eastern Mediterranean business opportunities. As part of this strategic cooperation, Cyta has acquired ALEXANDROS subsystem consisting of a fibre-pair connecting Cyprus to Egypt and a fibre-pair connecting Cyprus to France. ALEXANDROS subsystem will complement existing Cyta’s international facilities, enhancing the robustness of international access through physical diversity and significant increase in bandwidth. In 2010, Cyta has finalised an agreement with the Syrian Telecommunications Operator, STE and the Lebanese Telecommunications Operator, OGERO, for the upgrade of the existing submarine cable systems UGARIT, BERYTAR and CADMOS, forming a high-capacity resilient ring connecting Cyprus with its two neighbouring countries.

Cyta also operates an extensive satellite network consisting of two separate teleport sites with a complement of more than 20 satellite earth stations, providing connectivity with Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES World Skies, AsiaSat, ABS, Arabsat and other major satellite systems. The company shares multiyear experience in satellite communications as it has been running satellite services since 1980. Services offered via Cyta’s satellite teleports include a broad collection of products ranging from satellite television on permanent and occasional basis, to international telephony, monitoring services, data and internet connectivity. The teleports also offer VSAT services, hosting services to third parties and serve as a video head-end for Cyta’s IPTV offering in the Cyprus market.

Cyta has also expanded its operations abroad through wholly-owned subsidiary companies, especially in countries with significant Cypriot communities, such as Greece and the UK. Taking into consideration the liberalisation of the telecommunications market in Cyprus as well as Cyta’s significant investment in international submarine cable systems, the strategy of entering new markets provides additional challenges, opportunities and prospects for the company. Since October 2008, Cyta has been actively operating in Greece, by offering broadband internet and fixed telephony services in most areas of the country, with plans for further expansion in the future.

After Cyprus accession in the European Union, Cyprus has now become Europe’s furthermost border in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cyta aims to become the Telecommunications Bridge between East and West and an excellent centre of telecommunications services in the broader Easter Mediterranean region.

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