Vodafone Turkey negotiating takeover of fixed telco Borusan

23 Dec 2009

Vodafone Turkey is nearing the successful conclusion of negotiations to purchase a controlling stake in Turkish alternative fixed line telco Borusan Telekom, the daily newspaper Milliyet reports. The options on the table between the two parties include a 100% stock takeover, a majority stake purchase, or a partnership giving the UK-backed mobile operator management control of Borusan, which was previously bought for USD30 million by India’s Dhanus Technologies in January 2008. Information in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that the acquisition of Borusan would enable Vodafone Turkey to offer converged fixed, mobile and broadband services, and develop its corporate sector presence, taking advantage of the telco’s nationwide IP/MPLS backbone network. Mobile rivals Turkcell and Avea already have converged strategies in place: Turkcell owns fixed broadband operator Tellcom (Superonline) and says it is aiming to extend high speed internet service coverage both with HSPA mobile and fibre-optic technologies; Avea is owned by incumbent PSTN operator Turk Telekom, whose ISP unit, TTNet, cross-markets mobile broadband and Wi-Fi packages with the cellco.

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