BROADBAND PLATFORM

DSL Access (i-choice) ADSL Platform

company:CYTA
website:www.i-choice.cyta.com.cy
support email:ichoice@cyta.com.cy
support phone:132
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DSL ACCESS (I-CHOICE)

Note: I-choice is now renamed to DSL Access

The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) is the main telecom carrier in Cyprus, owned partly by the government, and until recently it had a monopoly of this sector.

I-choice, recently renamed to DSL Access, is an ADSL Platform only. You will also need to buy a connection package from an Internet Service Provider.

i-choice Coverage

CYTA owns most of the telecom infrastructure in Cyprus and its ADSL service has the widest coverage. If you live in a rural area then i-choice is the only ADSL platform that might be available. To find out if i-choice is available in your area visit the i-choice coverage map and enter your telephone number in the input box at the lower left corner of the page. If you do not have a fixed phone yet, you can select your district in the map to see if your area is listed. Note: The above mentioned website will tell you whether the telephone exchange of your area is quipped with the necessary ADSL technology. This doesn't necessarily mean that ADSL will be available to you since this depends on other factors, such as the distance of your home from the telephone exchange and the quality of your telephone line.

i-choice products

For the i-choice platform there is a one time installation fee and a monthly rental fee. The installation can be done by CYTA or, in the case of home users, you may do a self installation by obtaining the necessary equipment and an installation guide from one of the cytashops available in all districts.

I-CHOICE PRODUCTS
Products Installation by CYTA Self Installation Monthly Rental Speed Downstream Speed Upstream
Home512 78.59 39.30 8.60 512kbps 256kbps
Home1000 78.59 39.30 12.10 1Μbps 384kbps
Home2000 €78.59 €39.30 €15.64 2Mbps 512kbps
Home3000 78.59 39.30 20.13 3Mbps 512kbps
Home4000 €78.59 €39.30 €25.30 4Μbps 512kbps
Home8000 €78.59 €39.30 €29.90 8Μbps 768kbps
Home12000 78.59 39.30 33.30 12Μbps 768kbps
Office2000 78.59 - 34.50 2Mbps 768kbps
Office4000 €78.59 - €40.25 4Mbps 768kbps
Office8000 €78.59 - €57.50 8Mbps 1Μbps
Office12000 €78.59 - 80.50 12Mbps 1Μbps
Office4000 plus €78.59 - €46.00 4Mbps 2Μbps
Office8000 plus €78.59 - €63.25 8Mbps 2Μbps

Internet Services Providers offering Internet connectivity over the i-choice platform

The table below lists all ISPs that offer ADSL services by utilizing CYTA's i-choice platform. A price comparison of some of the most popular products for home users is done here. Click on the name of an ISP to see more details as well as read and write reviews about them.

ISP COMPARISON TABLE
ISP name 1Mbps / 384Kbps 2Mbps / 512Kbps 4Mbps / 512Kbps 12Mbps / 768Kbps
Cytanet €8.60 €10.81 €18.40 39.60
Netway - - €26.07 65
WaveSpeed - - €29.47 -
Logosnet €8.50 €10.50 €18 39.50

CytaVision (Digital TV)

CytaVision (formerly known as Mivision) is the Digital TV option available to the subscribers of i-choice. Installation of CytaVision costs 98.24 and the monthly fee is an additional 23 (full pack) or €11.50 (Value Pack) added to your i-choice bill. By paying extra fees you can gain access to premium channels and movies on demand and play games with the included game-pad.

i-choice Costs

To obtain the i-choice service a pre-requisite is to have at your premises a fixed phone line provided by CYTA. The cost of telephone connection with CYTA is 117.30 (once off) with a monthly subscription fee of 16.02. The other costs, for the i-choice platform and for the Internet Service Provider of your choice, are provided in the two tables above.

Cost scenarios:

  1. You have no phone line. You want 1Mbit ADSL. CYTA will do the installation. The ISP of your choice is Cytanet.
    • One off cost: 117.30 for the phone line installation, 78.59 for installation by Cyta. Total: 195.89.
    • Monthly cost: 16.02 for the phone line rent, 12.10 for the i-choice platform, 8.60 for Cytanet. Total: 36.72
  2. You already have a phone line with Cyta. You want 512Kbits ADSL. You will do the Installation yourself. The ISP of your choice is Logosnet.
    • One off cost: 39.30 for the i-choice Self Installation
    • Monthly cost: 16.02 for the phone line rent, 8.60 for the i-choice platform, 6.50 for Logosnet. Total: 31.12
  3. You already have a phone line with Cyta. You want 12Mbit ADSL. You will do the installation yourself. The ISP of your choice is Cytanet. You want a CytaVision Digital TV subscription
    • One off cost: 39.30 for the i-choice Self Installation, 98.24 for CytaVision installation. Total: 137.54
    • Monthly cost: 16.02 for the phone line rent, 33.30 for the i-choice platform, 23 for CytaVision, 39.60 for Cytanet. Total: 111.92

Pros and Cons of the i-choice platform

Pros:

  • Widest coverage than any other broadband platform in Cyprus
  • No commitment or contracts necessary
  • Most homes already have a phone line by CYTA so there is no need to switch carriers

Cons:

  • Unless you use Netrunner (Cytanet) as your ISP you will have to pay two separate bills, one for the platform and one for the ISP.

I-CHOICE USER REVIEWS