Turkey mulls 3G auction in December

Turkish regulators are now planning to hold a 3G licence auction in December, a Reuters report said.

The report said the development comes despite earlier reports in June which claimed that the government planned to launch a tender in November, following the introduction of mobile number portability.

Turkey originally held a 3G auction in 2007, which was won by the country's largest mobile provider Turkcell with a bid of €312 million.

However, for competitive reasons the operator was never granted a licence because Turkcell emerged as the sole bidder for the spectrum.

The operator's rivals, Vodafone and Turk Telekom's mobile arm Avea, decided not to participate in the auction because number portability regulations had yet to be implemented.