As of this past weekend, Cypriot mobile subscribers can use their telephones throughout the territory of Cyprus without interruption, as previously mobile services were cancelled when crossing the green line between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
This confidence-building initiative was reconfirmed by the two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı, on 26 February 2019. Its implementation has been made possible through separate agreements concluded by the operators in both communities with a hub, Comfone, and with support from the United Nations and the European Commission.
Vice-President Dombrovskis, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, said: “I want to thank both leaders for their commitment and determination to see this important confidence building measure through. This initiative will have a positive impact on lives of Cypriots as it will lead to savings for mobile phone users when they cross the green line. This is also a symbolic measure as it enables greater interaction between the communities on the island. “
The Commission has played an active role in supporting the negotiations between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus for a fair, comprehensive and viable settlement of the Cyprus issue, held under the auspices of the United Nations.
The Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) coordinates the Commission’s work in supporting the Cyprus settlement process. To support the conclusion of the agreement for seamless mobile phone use throughout Cyprus, the SRSS provided technical and legal advice, as well as financial resources from the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.
Calls are routed through a GSM roaming hub managed by Comfone from Bern, Switzerland. The prices are the same for all Cypriots and enable subscribers to call back home and use mobile data at a reasonable price.
Access the news