Cosmofon sold to Telekom Slovenije

Slovenian carrier Telekom Slovenije has beaten Turkcell to the punch, snapping up Macedonian mobile operator Cosmofon for Eur190m.

Turkcell, Vodafone grab Turkish 3G licences

Turkey’s leading mobile operator, Turkcell, said Monday that it has won the auction for the country’s biggest 3G frequency licence, paying out Eur358m for 40MHz of spectrum. The auction was the Turkish government’s second attempt to sell off nationwide 3G licenses, after a cancelled auction in 2007 in which Turkcell was the only bidder. This […]

Turkcell scores iPhone 3G deal

Leading Turkish operator, Turkcell, said Monday that it has become the latest carrier to strike a deal with Apple to supply the iPhone 3G later this year. The operator said it will bring the iconic device to its prepaid and postpaid customers ‘later this year’. Turkcell will be the second operator to distribute the iPhone […]

Turkcell moves into Belarus

Turkish mobile operator Turkcell announced Wednesday that it has snapped up an 80 per cent stake in Belarusian carrier BeST. Turkcell will pay the Belarusian government $500m for the stake, with the option of an additional payment of $100m to be made when BeST records a full year positive net income for the first time. […]

Altimo to Cukurova: We don’t want your money

Russian investor Altimo fired the latest broadside in its battle to control Turkish operator Turkcell on Thursday, when it turned down an offer from owners Cukurova to pay off a $1.3bn loan. To recap, back in the autumn of 2005, Cukurova, a diversified Turkish industrial group in financial trouble, was keen to sell its stake […]

Turkcell chases stake in BTC

Turkcell confirmed reports Thursday that it is has made an offer in the tender of a 65 per cent stake in Bulgaria’s BTC Iceland’s best known millionaire, Thor Bjorgolfsson, is believed to be mulling the sale of his option for 65 per cent in BTC. The mogul has appointed Lehman Brothers to shortlist interested investors. […]

3GSM Asia: Asian ops plan IM rollout

The GSM Association’s personal Instant Messaging (IM) campaign has scored further success in Asia, with mobile operators in Malaysia and Singapore planning the development and launch of interoperable IM services. Launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last February, the initiative aims to make instant messaging on mobile networks as ubiquitous and popular as […]