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Research by Country/Region January 23, 2018  
Turkey: Broadband Fixed Wireless Access

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A. CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICY GOVERNING ACCESS TO THE WORLDWIDE FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS BAND (3.4
TO 3.7 GHZ), LMDS (28 TO 31 GHZ), AND UNLICENSED BANDS

The frequency band 3.5 to 3.7 GHz has been assigned to the incumbent operator Turk telekom, which uses this band to provide wireless telephony in rural areas. The frequency band 24.5 to 26.5 GHz has been allocated for LMDS and it is available to be assigned for licensed operators. The telecommunications authority is planning to issue licenses for this band during 2003. Unlicensed bands of 2.4 and 5.5 GHz can be used for only individual purposes and in private telecommunications networks. The telecommunications authority is responsible to issue all kinds of telecommunications licenses and to implement related regulations.

B. DEMAND OR NEED FOR BROADBAND FIXED WIRELESS

There are some companies interested in providing BFW services.

C. DO BFW SERVICE PROVIDERS NEED AN OPERATING LICENSE?

Every BFW operator has to hold a license. However, the type of the license and terms and conditions for obtaining a license has not yet been determined. A working group set up in the telecommunications authority has been studying the issue. Interested U.S. companies should contact Serdar Cetinkaya, telecommunications specialist of the U.S. commercial service in Ankara, Turkey. Mr. Cetinkaya will get the U.S. company representatives contact the right people.

D. FOREIGN OWNERSHIP LIMITS

There is no special regulation on foreign ownership of BFW companies. The general rules of Turkic Republic are valid for these companies. (Please, visit http://www.investinginturkey.gov.tr) The working group will determine the type of services and any restriction to be applied.

E. INTERCONNECTION TARIFFS

There is no special tariff for BFW interconnection. However, all telecommunications operators are subject to the newly published access and interconnection ordinance, which allows all operators to interconnect, based on cost-based charging. Subject ordinance is available at http://www.tk.gov.tr.

F. OTHER POLICIES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING BFW

There is no special regulation on BFW.

G. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE BFW SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL FIRMS?

There is no firm that provides BFW services yet.

H. CURRENT LIST OF BFW ACCESS PROVIDERS

There is no firm that provides BFW services yet.

I. CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES, AND IMPORT DUTIES

There is no special regulation for u.s. exporters of wireless equipment. All equipment needs to be compatible with the regulations of international organizations such as ITU, ETSI, CEPT and with EC directives. Most telecom equipments are subject to 0-5 (zero to five) percent customs duty and all telecom equipments including locally manufactured ones are subject to 18 (eighteen) percent value added tax.

RESPONSE INFORMATION

This response was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service in Ankara, Turkey in June 2003. For further clarification please contact:

Serdar Cetinkaya
Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service, Ankara
Serdar.Cetinkaya@mail.doc.gov

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