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Kibris Mobile to launch 3G in northern Cyprus this autumn

17 Mar 2008

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has issued Turkcell’s local GSM division Kibris Mobile a licence to operate 3G services in the internationally unrecognised territory. ‘Turkish Cypriot mobile phone subscribers will be able to use the new system that enables video data transfer and faster internet access in autumn, at the latest,’ Salih Usar, TRNC Transportation Minister, told reporters. Kibris competes with a smaller rival in the self-proclaimed state, Vodafone subsidiary Telsim, which is also waiting to be granted a 3G concession. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the southern part of the island has enjoyed 3G services since December 2004, when MTN Cyprus (formerly Areeba) launched a commercial W-CDMA network. Meanwhile, in its domestic market, Turkcell is still waiting for the Turkish government to relaunch a 3G licence auction; Turkcell won a concession last September but the state cancelled it on the grounds of a lack of competition.

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