Near field communication (NFC) mobile wallet services are finally gaining momentum, according to research from Berg Insight. The firm reported that there were mobile wallet services commercially live in 13 countries worldwide at the end of 1Q13, up from just six countries at the end of 2011.
Turkish operator Turkcell is seeking damages from African operator group MTN for alleged illegal acts relating to its GSM licence in Iran. The Turkish firm said it has filed a lawsuit against MTN before the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.
Turkcell has rolled out a Big Data application to help it recover from network failures by correlating information from different sources in real time to identify the root cause of failure.
Turkish operator Turkcell and SIM card and mobile security solutions provider Gemalto have each found themselves at the hearts of two mobile payment projects that promise to transform the transport and retail sectors in Turkey and the USA respectively.
Turkish mobile operator Turkcell has teamed up with the country’s football association to sell tickets to its subscribers to watch the national team play. More than 2,000 ticket transactions were processed using Turkcell’s Smart Ticket application.
Turkish operator Turkcell has launched a SIM-based mobile wallet that works on smartphones, using a native application, as well as feature phones. It also supports contactless payment on NFC-enabled phones.
Turkish operator Turkcell has enlisted HP to deliver a cloud services platform, so the carrier can sell on ‘as a service’ offerings to its business customers.
Nordic operator TeliaSonera has announced that it is to increase its ownership in GSM Kazakhstan, which operates under the brand Kcell, and lead an IPO for the carrier in 2012. Kcell is the clear leader in the central Asian market, with 10.1 million customers at the end of 3Q11, according to Informa’s WCIS Plus service.
Poland’s second largest carrier, Polkomtel, has been sold to media mogul and Forbes rich-list regular Zygmunt Solorz-Zak for a reported €4.5bn. The sale brings an end to what’s been a fairly lengthy saga; the telco’s multiple shareholders have been looking to sell the company for several years but opportunities for a clean sale were regularly marred by in-fighting and disagreement over how the sale should proceed.
Europe’s third-largest operator in subscriber terms, Turkcell, has announced its intention to expand into the European market, starting with Germany in April this year. As part of the newly formed subsidiary Turkcell Europe, the German venture will involve the launch of 1200 retail locations and will initially target Turkish citizens living and travelling in Germany with pre-and-postpaid offerings.
Nordic carriers TeliaSonera and Telenor and Turkish operator Turkcell are among the shortlisted bidders for Polish operator Polokomtel, according to reports in the Polish media. Also said to be on the shortlist is a bid from Polish media mogul and Forbes rich-list regular, Zygmunt Solorz-Zak.
Turkish operator Turkcell has joined the FreeMove Alliance, the mobile alliance between Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, Orange/France Telecom, TeliaSonera and TIM (Telecom Italia Group).
Turkish operator Turkcell has become the first operator in the world to integrate its own location-based mobile application to Windows Live Messenger. The application is “Gezenzi”, a location-based Web 2.0 micro-blogging platform.
Gezenzi is a permission-based service enabling members to use a Gezenzi map to exchange information about places.
Turkish operator Turkcell has announced a five-year wholesale agreement with German incumbent Deutsche Telekom to offer mobile services in the market. Turkcell has set up a subsidiary called Turkcell Europe and plans to offer services in Germany from early 2011, focusing on the Turkish population living in the country.
Nordic operator TeliaSonera and Russian conglomerate Altimo (formerly known as the Alfa Group) were playing happy families this week, agreeing to combine their telecoms assets in Turkey and Russia.
Slovenian carrier Telekom Slovenije has beaten Turkcell to the punch, snapping up Macedonian mobile operator Cosmofon for Eur190m.
Turkish operator Turkcell said Friday that it has made a binding offer for Macedonian mobile operator Cosmofon.
Turkey’s leading mobile operator, Turkcell, said Monday that it has won the auction for the country’s biggest 3G frequency licence, paying out Eur358m for 40MHz of spectrum. The auction was the Turkish government’s second attempt to sell off nationwide 3G licenses, after a cancelled auction in 2007 in which Turkcell was the only bidder. This [...]
Leading Turkish operator, Turkcell, said Monday that it has become the latest carrier to strike a deal with Apple to supply the iPhone 3G later this year. The operator said it will bring the iconic device to its prepaid and postpaid customers ‘later this year’. Turkcell will be the second operator to distribute the iPhone [...]
Turkish mobile operator Turkcell announced Wednesday that it has snapped up an 80 per cent stake in Belarusian carrier BeST. Turkcell will pay the Belarusian government $500m for the stake, with the option of an additional payment of $100m to be made when BeST records a full year positive net income for the first time. [...]