Cyprus Communications - Internet

There is good news and bad news about Cyprus Internet. The good news is there are some very good Internet Service Providers. The bad news is that even now in 2015, many parts of Cyprus still do not have appropriate coverage, and the cost of Internet services is still amongst the highest in Europe.

The main internet service providers do offer good packages and service, however they seem to be dragging their feet at realising that all of Cyprus wants good internet services. We can only hope that this year will see a lot more areas covered by the providers of internet services. *Update: As of March 2015, the 4G internet platform has arrived in Cyprus, although full island coverage is not yet available.

For those that can get it, there are several providers to choose from, and various packages on offer, depending on your needs. Both business and home users are provided for. The major providers generally offer a choice of packages to the home user such as broadband internet plus phone line, or broadband internet plus phone line and TV, or the latest packages include broadband internet, plus phone line, plus mobile phone package. You can choose from several broadband speed options, usually from 2Mbps up to 24Mbps, and even higher speeds will be offered with 4G.

The main platforms provided for broadband internet in Cyprus are ADSL, Cable, Satellite and 3G. The most popular is ADSL, which most home and office users opt for. Cable is mostly available only to a certain few urban areas. Satellite internet apparantly has island wide coverage, however it may be considered too expensive for the average home user. 3G is more widely available now.

Recent years have seen the arrival of new companies offering broadband internet services to Cyprus, resulting in better pricing and services, as well as free gifts at times for new subscribers. The competition can be considered as healthy and beneficial to the population who now have choices in which provider to use, with the exception of course of those who do not have coverage in the area they live, and can only be serviced by satellite or mobile broadband.

Internet cafe's are numerous throughout Cyprus. Most do not require any kind of membership, you can just pop in, surf and pay, whilst there are a few that have membership options. Most internet cafe's offer high speed broadband internet.

Wifi internet is becoming more widely available in Cyprus. There are now many establishments that offer free wifi use to patrons, including hotels, cafe's, and bars.

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