26 August 2015
Turkey has reportedly raised a record €3.35 billion in its 4G spectrum auction, with Vodafone offering the highest bid of €390 million for the A1 800MHz bandwidth.
Turkish operator Avea emerged the second highest bidder with
€380 million for the A2 package, followed by
Turkcell’s bid of €372.93 million for the A3
package, said Deniz Yanik, the tender commission chairman. In
addition Vodafone and Avea have pledged to pay an additional
€24 million, more than the minimum amount required for
The spectrum, which will be used for Turkey’s
4G network, was divided equally between the
country’s three operators. The government will
gain a total of €3.96 billion after value-added tax is
4G auction was postponed in May 2015, following
Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan comments to not
delay 4G further, and to proceed straight to 5G.
"It is not necessary to waste time with 4G technologies,"
Erdogan told reporters. "If we wait two more years, then 5G is
going to come along. Otherwise when Turkey gets 4G it will just
get put on the rubbish heap."