Suzanne Taylor

RIPE NCC Internet Country Report: Cyprus, Israel and Malta

Suzanne Taylor

We take a comprehensive look at three different countries in the Mediterranean region as the next in our series of RIPE NCC Internet Country Reports.

RIPE NCC Internet Country Report: Cyprus, Israel and Malta RIPE_NCC_Internet_Country_Report_Cyprus_Israel_Malta_Dec_2021.pdf – 1.6 MB

Our latest report covers the Internet landscape in Cyprus, Israel and Malta and examines the history of development and capacity for future growth in these countries. We include a detailed analysis of the connections between networks in each country, the traffic paths available to domestic traffic, international connections to the global Internet, access to the domain name system, routing security, and more.

Cyprus' international connectivity, showing the country's upstream providers

Some of the report's key findings include:

  • The Internet landscapes in all three countries continue to evolve, with increasing numbers of networks coming online and new investments planned for the near future
  • All three countries have high levels of Internet penetration and a large amount of IPv4 per capita
  • While Israel is in line with the overall world average when it comes to IPv6 deployment, Cyprus and Malta show virtually none despite holding a significant amount of IPv6 address space, and further IPv6 deployment is still needed to accommodate future growth in all three countries
  • There is a good amount of interconnection and resiliency in the way networks connect with one another within each country
  • The three countries have a diverse number of routes connecting them to the rest of the global Internet but are highly dependent on submarine cables for their connectivity
IPv4 transfers within, into and out of Cyprus, Israel and Malta between May 2013 and October 2021

This is the eighth Internet country report that the RIPE NCC has produced in an ongoing effort to support Internet development throughout our service region by making our data and insights available to local technical communities and decision makers. We hope they are used to inform discussion, provide technical insight and facilitate the exchange of information and best practices.

All of the previous Internet country reports are available here.

Data Sources

We want to highlight the fact that these Internet country reports are largely based on publicly available data. We hope they give you an idea about the kind of data and analysis that's possible using RIPE NCC tools and services. If this report inspires you to learn more about those tools and maybe even explore what you can do with the data yourself, check out the following:

Let us know if you have any questions about the data contained in the report, the measurements tools we used, our analyses, or anything else!

Future Reports

We plan to continue producing these Internet country reports for countries and regions throughout the RIPE NCC's service region of Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia - and we want to hear from you about what would be most interesting and valuable. Please share your ideas with us below and let us know what you would like to see! 

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About the author

Suzanne Taylor is a Public Policy & Internet Governance Consultant. In her work with the RIPE NCC, she engages with a broad range of Internet stakeholders including the RIPE NCC membership, governments, law enforcement and intergovernmental organisations. From 2012 to 2016, she worked in communications at the RIPE NCC and has previously worked as a journalist and in media relations and science communications.

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