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Interview: International Affairs and Policy Coordinator, Türk Telekom “Changes in roaming… will place considerable burden on the already troubled EU telecoms sector.”

Dr. Mustafa Aykut, International Affairs and Policy Coordinator for Türk Telekom

Dr. Mustafa Aykut, International Affairs and Policy Coordinator for Türk Telekom

Turkey has yet to roll out LTE as it awaits spectrum allocation. Dr. Mustafa Aykut, International Affairs and Policy Coordinator for Türk Telekom talks us through some of the complex issues and explains his objections to the EU banning roaming charges.

Dr. Aykut, is taking part in a panel discussion entitled: “Assessing successful and innovative deployment strategies”, taking place on Day Two of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands.

What are the main challenges of rolling out LTE in Turkey?

Currently, there is no roadmap regarding spectrum related actions for LTE roll-out as 800 MHz band will not be cleared until June 2015. Furthermore, problems associated with the unfair allocation of GSM bands continue to have an impact. The fair allocation of existing bands is a prerequisite for LTE launch and technology-neutral use of spectrum.

Internet security is an issue that is always high on the agenda. Do you think that operators should be doing more to protect their customers?

In Turkey, all ISPs operate in accordance with the regulations set by the regulation authority, ICTA, with regards to internet security related issues. However, it is important for operators to raise awareness among users about internet security to ensure the safety of their customers and their information.

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Kroes: Europe is behind in global 4G race

lagging-behindKroes: Europe is behind in global 4G race

Europe lags behind in the global 4G race, concluded EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes this week, in a press release issued by the EU. Three out of every four people living in the EU can’t access LTE mobile connections in their hometowns, and virtually no rural areas have 4G coverage, she observes.

That’s different to the US, where over 90 per cent of people have access to 4G. The low 4G coverage in Europe is down to several things, says Kroes. Almost every European country is dealing with complex spectrum licensing issues, resulting in fragmentation across the 28 national markets. The result is that mobile operators have no little possibility to develop an EU-wide mobile strategy.

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