Mobile networks in Cyprus

All the mobile network operators in Cyprus (MTN, Primetel and Cytamobile-Vodafone) operate with GSM technology. This means that you can connect to one of the networks with pretty much any phone that you bring to Cyprus. Here is all the information about the mobile network coverage.

As always when you are using your mobile phone abroad you should be aware of the high roaming fees. Make sure to check the roaming costs with your existing provider before you use your phone in Cyprus. Or simply purchase a new sim card for your stay.

2G mobile network coverage in Cyprus

The 2G GSM mobile networks in Cyprus covers all (99%) of the republic. You are able to connect to the network with your mobile phone, as long as you are in the republic. If you visit the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (or the occupied area for most) you cannot connect to the mobile networks from the republic of Cyprus.

If you have a Cypriot phone number, you are currently not able to connect to the mobile network in TRNC at all. Politics is great, huh?

2G frequency bands in Cyprus

The 2G mobile network in Cyprus uses the following frequency bands:

GSM 900 and GSM 1800

If your handset supports those frequencies (95+% do), you can connect to the 2G mobile network in Cyprus.

3G mobile network coverage in Cyprus

The 3G coverage in Cyprus is fairly good – particularly in and around the bigger cities. That is where the majority of the population lives and just as naturally that is where the providers focus their development of the mobile networks. 3G is offered by all mobile operators in Cyprus.

3G frequencies in Cyprus

The 3G mobile network in Cyprus uses the following frequency band: UMTS 2100 If your handset support this frequency, you can connect to the 3G mobile network in Cyprus.

4G (LTE) network coverage in Cyprus

4G mobile network coverage is still sparse in Cyprus. The rollout of the 4G network has started but is currently solely covering the five biggest cities: Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Famagusta.

4G is currently only offered by two mobile providers in Cyprus: MTN & Primetel. If you are looking for high speed mobile internet, you will need to choose MTN or Primetel.

4G frequencies

The 4G mobile network in Cyprus uses the following frequency band:

LTE 900; LTE 1800 and LTE 2100

If your handset support these frequencies, you can connect to the MTNs & Primetels 4G mobile network in Cyprus. You might need a new sim card (copy of your existing) if you want your phone to support access to the 4G network. This is only relevant for older sim cards that are from before the 4G era.

If you buy a new sim card in Cyprus, the sim card should enable you to gain access to the 4G LTE network immediately.