Telenor Mobile Communications bids for GSM 1800 licence in Turkey

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Norwegian Telenor Mobile Communications is part of a consortium bidding for a GSM 1800 licence in Turkey. Telenor has an interest of 36 percent in the consortium. Three licences have been offered for auction, one of which has been reserved for the state-owned telecommunications company, Turk Telecom. Minimum investment per licence is USD 649 million.
There are at present three mobile operators in Turkey: Turk Telecom, Turkcell and Telsim. The networks in operation comprise of one NMT 450 and two GSM 900 networks. Mobile penetration in Turkey is experiencing a strong growth and has increased from one percent in 1995 to 13 percent by the end of 1999. The number of mobile subscribers increased from 3.5 million to 8.4 million in 1999.

Turkey has the second highest population in Europe with a total of 65.5 million inhabitants. The average age is 27 years, compared to 42 years in Western Europe. Approximately 70 percent of the population live in urban areas.

The consortium in which TMC is a partner includes the following companies:

Telenor Mobile Communications 36%
Genpa 35%
Demirbank 14%
Atlas Finansal Kiralama 10%
Atlas Yapi Sanyia 5%

Telenor Mobile Communications
Telenor Mobile Communications (TMC) is the mobile business area of Telenor, offering voice, data, Internet, e-commerce and content services within Norway and internationally. Telenor Mobile Communications has attained a leading position within the Norwegian market and is one of the worlds most advanced mobile operators. Through ownership interests in mobile companies worldwide, TMC has established itself as one of the ten largest mobile operators in Europe. At the end of 1999, the total number of subscribers in companies where Telenor has ownership interests was 6.3 million.