Turkcell to bid for Libyan licence

13 Jul 2009

Turkey’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Turkcell has announced that it will bid for a licence to provide fixed line and mobile telephony in Libya. In a statement to the Istanbul stock exchange the cellco revealed its intention to take part in the tender either directly or as part of a consortium. Last month Turkcell was beaten to a converged licence in Tunisia by France Telecom and the move to enter the Libyan market highlights the company’s determination to expand its operations into North Africa.

As reported by CommsUpdate, Libya’s General Telecommunication Authority launched the tender on 16 February with a view to having named a winner in June; however the regulator is yet to award the concession.