Cyprus Mobile Billing and Messaging Overview


Billing Type: IO   MO Billed.

Subscriptions: Yes   Available on request. DO and dedicated MT code required.

Micropayments: Yes

Shared Price Points: €1.01, €2.02, €4.03, €6.05
  Short codes are fixed at one tariff.

Dedicated Price Points: Price point on request.   Short codes are fixed at one tariff.

Standard rate Price Points: Yes

Regulator: OCECPR

Approvals/Fees Required: Yes   Service must be submitted for approval.

Country Info

Population: 1,170,125   Excludes Northern Cyprus

Subscribers: 1,780,259   Excludes Northern Cyprus

Mobile Penetration Rate: 22%

Average Individual Income: $51,380

VAT Rate: 19%

Withholding Tax: 5% - 9%

Network Information:

Carriers: Subscribers: Market Share: If MVNO, using:
CYTA (Vodafone) 839,800 47.17% Primetel operates under CYTA
KKTCell 400,867 22.52%
MTN 296,000 17.46%
Kibris Telsim 228,792 12.85%


Regulation Overview

Regulator: OCECPR

Regulator Website:

Code of Conduct: National Implementation Report

Opt-in Possibilities

Web (PIN) Opt-in: Yes   Only for subscriptions.

WORAR (Requiring a Reply): Yes

Single MO Shortcode Opt-in: No

In-app Billing: Yes

Multi-billing - Are you able to send multiple MOs?: Yes

Multi-billing - Are you able to send multiple MTs?: Yes   Only for subscriptions.

Permitted Content

Adult Permissible: Yes   Hardcore

Mobile Gambling /mCasino (Real money): No   Skill games only.

Sportsbook (Real money): No

Virtual Gambling (Virtual credit): Yes

Lottery (Real money): No

Competitions: Yes

Voting: Yes

Chat: Yes

Mobile Content: Yes

Info Messages: Yes

Alerts: No

Physical Goods: Yes

Calling Services: No

Charitable Services: Yes   Dedicated short code and prior agreements required.

Spend Limits

Maximum Transactional Value: €6.05 including VAT

Subscriptions Limit: N/A   A free message must be sent to the user after each €20 is spent.

Daily Billing Limit: No limit

Weekly Billing Limit: No limit

Monthly Billing Limit: No limit   A free message must be sent to the user after each €20 is spent.

Soft Cap: No disclosed cap.

Hard Cap: No disclosed cap.

Customer Care

Minimum Type Required: E-Mail (24hr Response)

Miscellaneous Items

Mandatory Keywords: STOP, HELP


Available Technologies

Premium MO SMS: Yes

Premium MT SMS: Yes   Dedicated code required.

WAP Billing: No

Direct Operator Billing: No

MSISDN Forwarding: No

IVR Billing: No

Number Lookup (HLR): Yes

Number Lookup (VLR) /(RTLU): Yes

VSIM/Longcode: Yes

Bulk SMS: Yes

Push Messaging: Yes


FreeText Shortcodes: No

Golden/Vanity Numbers Available?: No

Bulk Messaging

Alpha sender ID: Yes

Numeric sender ID: Yes

Alpha numeric sender ID: Yes

Shortcode sender ID: Yes

Sender IDs filtered: No

Handset Delivery reports: Yes

SMSC Delivery report: No

Binary: Yes

Concatenated Messages: Yes

Character Encoding: Yes   Full SMPP v3.4

Character Sets Supported: Yes   0×00(Default GSM encoding), 0×01(US-ASCII), 0×02(Binary), 0×03(ISO8859-1-Latin-1), 0×04(Binary), 0×08(UCS2/UTF-16BE)

Submit_multi: Yes

Maximum validity periods: 48 hours   Which is the recommended value.

Traffic type exclusions?: No exclusions other than no illegal services or content.