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Turkcell footprint set to expand?

21 марта 2008

Market-leading Turkish MNO Turkcell extended its influence in Central Asia last year via the TeliaSonera/Fintur Holdings acquisition of US-based MCT Corp.

MCT were the owners of majority controlling shareholdings in GSM mobile operators in both Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. From the former market, Coscom is now enjoying a sharp rise in its subscription base, which increased 42% in 4Q07. Coscom's CEO, Bora Baysal, appointed in 2007 in the wake of the takeover, will be answering questions about the company's strategy at the Informa Telecoms & Media Eurasia Com conference in Istanbul, 1-2 April.

A more recent development for Turkcell is the company's apparent interest in purchasing 51% of
Syria's SyriaTel Mobile for majority shareholding Rami Makhlouf. Market-leading SyriaTel owns 55% market share in a country which would seem to be a nice fit for Turkcell, reportedly keen to expand into nearby territories.

Another speaker at Eurasia Com is Mr Tayfun Cataltepe, Turkcell's Chief Corporate Strategy and International Expansion Officer, who will be making a presentation on the theme of building world class mobile business in the
Central Asia and Caspian regions. Mr Cataltepe is ideally suited to providing insights into Turkcell plans and the organisers expect a strong interest in this presentation.

When TeliaSonera acquired MCT, they also picked up a 12.25% interest in
Roshan, Afghanistan's leading mobile player. Roshan's Samir Satchu, who manages the company's government relations will also be on hand at Eurasia Com. Delegates at February's Mobile World Congress may recall Satchu's CEO, Karim Khoja, raising concerns about how far the Afghan government has created a regulatory environment and market conditions conducive to further investment, innovation and growth Satchu will be expanding on these ideas at Eurasia Com and the organisers expect this to resonate for delegates from CIS markets which have been slow to liberalise and where trading conditions for mobile operators may become distorted by the late entry of new operators associated with incumbent, state-owned, fixed-line carriers. In the context of markets with no independent regulatory agency, these may prove to be very real concerns.

To register to attend
Eurasia Com please visit http://www.ComWorldSeries.com/Eurasia

Источник: http://www.ComWorldSeries.com

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