Previously, fixed-line telephone service in Cyprus was a monopoly of CYTA an independent but, government-owned company. However, recently-launched PrimeTel provides telephone, Internet (and broadband), Digital TV as well as services catering specifically to business needs. CYTA services include: the supply of land-lines, mobile phones (on monthly payment contracts and pay as you go), data transmission, telegraph transmission, maritime, TV transmission and reception, private leased circuits, audio text, video conferencing, ISDN, DSL, Internet and ATM/Frame Relay.
Internet connection for home users is available from CytaNET, which is the largest Internet service provider in Cyprus. Services include: Internet connection, WAP services, ISDN and ADSL. To order a CytaNET Internet connection, you have to be a Cyta fixed line customer. Other internet service providers include: Logosnet Technologies, Glotech Enterprises Ltd. and Spidernet.
Internet cafes are located all the main towns: Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos and Agia Napa. For mobile phones, roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good island wide.
The country code for Cyprus is 357. Telecard or coin-operated public telephones are installed at central locations in towns and villages. Call Direct (cheaper than ordinary collect calls) is available to most EU countries, as well as Australia, USA and Canada.
There are daily airmail services to all developed countries. Service within Europe takes three to four days. District post office opening hours: Mon-Fri 0730-1330 and 1500-1800 except Wednesday, Sat 0830-1030 during the winter period (1 Sep to 30 Jun); Mon-Fri 0730-1330 and 1600-1900 except Wednesday, Sat 0830-1030 during the summer period (1 Jul to 31 Aug). Other post office opening hours: Mon-Fri 0730-1330, Thurs 1500-1800 at other times.
Utilities in Cyprus Utility bills such as electricity and water can be paid to the electric and water supply companies. These payments are due at set periods during the year. They consist of a fixed connection fee and include a base monthly fee, along with the consumption rate per household. The electricity in Cyprus is 220-240 volts. If you are relocating to Cyprus from the U.K. or any other European country, your appliances can be used here without an adaptor. There are small connection fees for electricity, water and telephone service.