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Local News September 19, 2014

CyTA offers free telecare trial to the elderly

By Evie Andreou

SENIOR citizens of Strovolos will have the opportunity to be the first to test two telecare services – the Alert Button and Location Tracking – provided by the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) and VIDAVO Company.

The two services, which are running on a pilot basis, will be provided free of charge to members of the Strovolos daily centre for elderly people for a period of two months.

The alert button, which is on a bracelet, puts…

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CyTA offers free telecare trial to the elderly
Local News September 18, 2014

CyTA case a ‘conspiracy to hurt AKEL’

By George Psyllides

AKEL’s former financial officer, on trial in connection with a suspicious land deal involving state telecoms company CyTA, reiterated on Thursday that the whole case was a political conspiracy to hurt the party.

Venizelos Zanettos, 67, claimed he had no involvement and queried why investigators had not questioned AKEL MP Nicos Katsourides in connection with the case, stressing however that he was not suggesting he was guilty.

He said Katsourides had been tasked with overseeing CyTA on…

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CyTA case a ‘conspiracy to hurt AKEL’
Local News September 17, 2014

Scandal over CyTA restructure contract

By Constantinos Psillides

The House of Representatives Watchdog committee on Tuesday demanded more information regarding the CyTA board’s decision to choose German company Detekom to conduct a study into the telecommunications authority’s organisational structure.

According to the annual report filed by the office of Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides, German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom is a shareholder in Detekom.

Detekom, according to the MPs, will be tasked with laying the groundwork for CyTA’s organisational restructuring so the company can be successfully…

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Scandal over CyTA restructure contract
Business Local News September 13, 2014

CyTA to enter Greek mobile market

By Angelos Anastasiou

WITH A focus on implementing its growth and value-adding strategy, CyTA has decided to enter the highly competitive mobile telephony market in Greece via its Greek subsidiary, the semi-state telecoms company has announced.

At a news conference, conducted simultaneously in Athens and Nicosia via telepresence, the company presented its latest strategic venture.

While already operating in Greece, offering landline, internet and audiovisual services, CyTA considers the strengthening of its presence with the missing “fourth pole” –…

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CyTA to enter Greek mobile market
Local News September 2, 2014

Premier League game goes dark as CyTA pulls the plug too early

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE DECISION to suspend broadcasting of Cytavision’s – CyTA’s TV arm – Sports Plus package hours ahead of the announced cut off point for the month of free viewing left viewers infuriated in the middle of Sunday’s Tottenham-Liverpool Premier League fixture.

Sports Plus is a recent addition to Cytavision’s TV package, following a deal struck with Lumiere TV (LTV), and comprises three additional sports channels with content previously broadcast by LTV – including the English Premier League,…

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Premier League game goes dark as CyTA pulls the plug too early
Local News July 15, 2014

Kickback claims ‘baseless’ Kittis tells court

By Angelos Anastasiou

FORMER CyTA chairman Stathis Kittis, one of the accused in the ‘Dromolaxia scandal’, in which a plot of land was bought illegally from its Turkish Cypriot owner and developed using money from the semi-state telecoms company CyTA’s employee pension fund in exchange for kickbacks, testified before the Larnaca Assize court on Monday.

Kittis denied having received kickbacks from Nikos Lillis, who had undertaken developing the plot into the ‘Aero’ office complex. Lillis, the key witness for the…

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Kickback claims ‘baseless’ Kittis tells court
Business Local News June 27, 2014

Auditor-general takes on CyTA over past sins

By Angelos Anastasiou

USING surprisingly blunt language, Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides yesterday slammed the board of state telecoms company CyTA for consciously attempting to cover up the alleged wrongdoings of previous boards.

In a letter to board chairman Christos Patsalides, dated June 24th, Michaelides referred to an earlier letter from May, in which he asked the board to investigate the actions of previous administrations that may have led to the loss of money, leading to possible criminal or civil liability….

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Auditor-general takes on CyTA over past sins
Local News June 12, 2014

Chief detective sheds more light on ‘Dromolaxia’ scandal

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE trial of a suspicious land deal, purchased illegally from its Turkish Cypriot owner by the CyTA employees’ pension fund, continued yesterday with the cross-examination of police chief inspector Charalampos Mavrommatis, who led police investigations on the notorious ‘Dromolaxia’ case.

Businessman Nikos Lillis and his company, Wadnic, are key players in the case concerning the financing of a multi-million development project – the Aero Centre – in Dromolaxia from the CyTA pension fund, where hundreds of…

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Chief detective sheds more light on ‘Dromolaxia’ scandal
Local News June 3, 2014

CyTA board member cost pension fund €4m court hears

Charalambos Tsouris, a former board member at the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) was instrumental in striking the Dromolaxia land deal that cost the organisation €4m, a witness testified yesterday in the ongoing criminal trial.
Lead police investigator Christodoulos Mavrommatis told the court it was Tsouris who drafted a report for CyTA which led to a follow-up agreement to buy into a development project in Larnaca.
He said Tsouris’ report advocated the purchase of additional surface area, which raised…

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CyTA board member cost pension fund €4m court hears
Local News May 27, 2014

Auditor-general eyes actions of former CyTA board

By Elias Hazou

AUDITOR-general Odysseas Michaelides has indicated that the previous board of telecoms utility CyTA may be liable for criminal and civil offences, and is advising that the current board look into it.

In a lengthy letter addressed to the current CyTA (Cyprus Telecommunications Authority) board, the official advises that the board query their employer (the government) to recommend possible investigation of such offences by the Attorney-general.

Moreover, in a first for Cyprus where semi-governmental organisations are concerned, Michaelides…

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Auditor-general eyes actions of former CyTA board

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