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Turkey to award 4 UMTS licenses

The Turkish telecoms regulator will award four licences for UMTS services in a sealed bid tender, reports Telecompaper.

Turkish incumbents snap-up 3G licenses

Turkey’s three main mobile operators have all been successful in winning new 3G licenses in the country. Market-leader Turkcell submitted the highest bid – €358 million – to secure the highest-frequency spectrum license on offer, while rivals Vodafone Turkey and Avea bid €250 million and €214 million, respectively, for 3G licenses in lower frequencies.

Avea expects to overtake Vodafone in Turkey

Competition in Turkey’s mobile market looks set to hot up following comments by the CEO of number-three operator Avea that the company will overtake Vodafone’s revenues in the next year.

Avea sues Turkcell

Telegeography notes that Avea, the smallest of Turkey’s three mobile operators, has filed a lawsuit against market-leader Turkcell over a dispute about capacity on calls between their respective networks.

Turkcell to spend US1.6B on 3G, names suppliers

Turkey’s largest mobile operator Turkcell has said it will spend US$1.6 billion this year rolling out its first 3G networks in the country.

Turkey’s Avea names 3G network partners

Reuters notes that Turkish operator Avea, owned by Turk Telekom, has appointed three partners to build 3G mobile infrastructure.

Avea deploys wind-powered base station

Cellular News notes that Turkish mobile operator Avea has deployed what it says is the first hybrid wind-powered base station in the country.

Avea appoints new CEO

Cellular News reports that Turkish mobile network operator Avea has named Erkan Akdemir as its new CEO, replacing Cüneyt Türktan who had held the post since 2006