Local operators win Turkish 3G licences

Following an auction Turkey has issued three new 3G licences, all to incumbent operators. Plans to issue a fourth licence were cancelled due to lack of interest from potential bidders.

Turkey's largest mobile operator Turkcell won the A Licence, which offered the largest block of spectrum, with a bid of US$462 million. The other licences were won by Vodafone and Avea with bids of US$323 million and US$276 million respectively. This auction was Turkey's second attempt at awarding 3G licences; the 2007 auction was cancelled after Vodafone and Avea refused to participate unless the Government mandated number portability as part of the deal.

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