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BTHK to hold 4G/5G spectrum auction on 6 October

30 Sep 2022

Turkcell has revealed that its wholly-owned subsidiary Kuzey Kibris Turkcell (KKTCell), which operates in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is planning to participate in the forthcoming 4G/5G spectrum tender scheduled to be held on 6 October 2022.

The TRNC’s Information Technologies and Communication Authority (Bilgi Teknolojileri ve Haberlesme Kurumu, BTHK) is planning to award 16 blocks of spectrum to the two existing mobile operators in the TRNC, KKTC Telsim and KKTCell. The 4G authorisations will have an 18-year validity and will require successful bidders to deploy 4G technology with minimum downlink of 30Mbps ten months after licence award. Regarding 5G, the authorisations in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz bands will be valid for 15 years; licence holders will have three years to deploy 5G with minimum download speeds of 100Mbps to 60% of the population (95% within five years of licence award).

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