The Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications has announced that the country’s auction of 4G spectrum – originally scheduled to take place on 26 May 2015 – has been postponed until 26 August, claiming that the would-be bidders need additional time to complete financial and technical preparations. The decision follows a statement from Turkey’s President Recap Tayyip Erdogan, in which he stated: ‘It is not necessary to waste time with 4G,’ before advising that the country’s mobile sector should move to 5G technology ‘within the next two years.’ It is not clear as to whether Erdogen’s words impacted on the watchdog’s decision to delay the auction.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the auction is mooted to offer 20 spectrum lots across the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands, with a total bandwidth of 390.4MHz going under the hammer. Meanwhile, a block of 2600MHz spectrum is reserved for a new market entrant, although the newcomer will not be obliged to launch GSM services. The combined floor price for the licences on offer has been set at EUR2.298 billion (USD2.433 billion).