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Turkey Delays 4G Spectrum Auction

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The Turkish government has delayed its planned 4G spectrum auction, pushing the date back by another three months.

A statement from the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said that it had agreed with the telecoms regulator to delay the auction to allow more time for preparations.

It noted that the country needs more advanced telecommunications services, which may be a slight to the country's President, Tayyip Erdogan who suggested that the country should forgo the 4G auction and wait until 5G technologies are ready.

His views were widely dismissed at the time, but he may have put pressure on the regulator to offer at least a token delay to the 4G auction to see if there is scope for an unexpectedly early release of 5G services.

The auction will offer 390Mhz of spectrum and the regulator has said that it will structure the auction so that at least three companies win something. The country currently has three main mobile networks, Turkcell, Vodafone, and Avea.

The 4G spectrum auction, if it proceeds, is now expected to take place in August.

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