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1/10/05

Telecommunications Company of Iran official hopes Turkcell agreement will be approved

Tehran, Jan 10, IRNA -- Head of the board of directors of the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) Masoud Moqadas hoped that Turkcell agreement will be ratified.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony of the Private Access Provider (PAP) on Sunday, he added that the agreement provided TCI with the opportunity to defend the domestic potentials and foreign participation.

He said that the main objective of joint participation of domestic and foreign experts in TCI projects is to optimize the national cell phone network.

"Lawmaker from Tehran Ahmad Tavakoli has officially lauded the information passed on to Majlis on Turkcell agreement by TCI over the past four months," he added.

Concerning Tavakoli's repeated remarks that the agreement should be revised in order to be implemented, he said that the question is not to change the business plan.

"Given that Tavakoli is an economic specialist, he is well aware that in case the agreement undergoes any change, it will make no sense to revise it.

"The government's proposal takes into view the following four factors of security, infrastructure, economic matters and domestic potentials; which are not within the authority of a single ministry. For instance, the issue of security has to be confirmed by the Ministry of Intelligence," he added.

The meeting of Irancell Joint Commission on Sunday was held to discuss the same issue and examine the general points of the relevant agreement.

For his part, the rapporteur of Irancell Joint Commission Ahmad Mahdavi said that the agreement was generally discussed in Sunday's meeting which was attended by the Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ahmad Motamedi, the representatives of defense and intelligence ministries as well as that of Sa Iran Co.

"The next commission meeting on Tuesday will focus on separate discussions about the technical, economic and security aspects of the issue after which the final decision will be taken.

"The share of the Turkish partner and its relevant revenue will also be on the agenda of the future meetings," he added.

A while ago, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel expressed hope that the ambiguities in the GSM operator (Irancell) contract will be clarified to enable ratification of Turkcell draft bill.

An international tender was held on GSM operator by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in the past year, which was based on Note A of Article 124 of the Third Development Plan and the license issued by the Management and Planning Organization.

After a contract was signed to the effect by the winner of the tender, a report was issued by Majlis research center which questioned the inked document.

Then Majlis called for transparency of the contract and it was decided to elect a steering committee to take charge of the issue.

Once the committee is elected, the bill will be brought under scrutiny.

Majlis has conditioned enforcement of Turkcell and TAV contracts on submission of related bill to Majlis by government and its approval by the legislature. It has adopted urgency of the government proposed bill on Irancell.

According to Turkcell contract, a consortium comprising Iranian, Turkish and European manpower will take charge of the related project to provide 16 million subscribers of mobile telephones with the relevant services which is expected to be completed in 15 years.

According to the officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance, the Turkcell contract is the second major agreement on importing foreign investment and technology after the ratification of the law on attraction of foreign investment.

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