Mobile Telephony Link Across Cyprus Still Problematic

The bi-communal technical committee on entrepreneurial, economic and trade issues is still struggling with legal issues regarding linking mobile telephony across the island. The idea was agreed upon in 2015 as a confidence building measure by the two Cypriot community leaders.

At their meeting on 26 February, both leaders agreed that mobile phone interoperability would be best achieved through separate arrangements of operators on both sides with a hub based in Europe, in order to enhance communications between north and south Cyprus.

This method would avoid the need for operators on either side of the island to enter into direct contracts with one another. Such direct agreements are currently not possible because of a law in South Cyprus that prohibits licensed operators from cooperating with unlicensed operators.