5G regulation and law in Turkey

Information current as of 13 January 2020

What is the state of 5G deployment in Turkey?

There have been no tenders for spectrum yet and no licences have been granted. The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (“BTK”) granted permits to Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey and Turk Telekom to conduct 5G tests in Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, the three largest cities in the country. Accordingly, the sector leading companies – namely Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey and Türk Telekom - are currently testing 5G technology.

Therefore, as mentioned, there are ongoing demos and tests in preparation for future deployment; however, there is no commercial 5G deployment at present.

During a speech, the Minister for Transportation and Infrastructure stated that they are continuing preparations and will launch 5G in Istanbul Airport first in 2020.

Which telcos and communications players are launching 5G services?

Currently, none of the telcos are launching 5G services. 

However, as Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey and Turk Telekom are already testing 5G, we believe that when 5G infrastructure is ready, these operators will launch 5G services (before 2023). 

Are there any public tenders for spectrum licences?

No.

Has there been any comment on when there might be?

During an interview, a board member of BTK stated that they are still waiting for the right time and tariffing to initiate a public tender. 

What has the government said regarding spectrum licences for commercial use?

No official announcement has been made.

Are the rules for 5G already drafted, and if so, what do they say?

No rules have been drafted for the use of 5G services.

What are or would be the rules for granting competitors access to the new 5G networks, once they are deployed?

We are not aware of any rules drafted for such access. However, we believe that such access to new 5G networks would be structured in a way that facilitates competition.

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Döne Yalçın
Managing Partner Turkey
Istanbul