Troubled Telsim gets new prepay system

The Turkish mobile operator that is currently having financial problems with Motorola hopes that a new range of prepaid services will help balance the books.

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By  Alex Marklew Published  June 8, 2001

Telsim, the Turkish mobile operator that’s on the verge of defaulting a VF payment to Motorola, has had a new prepay system installed by US software provider Comverse.

The system should allow Telsim to deliver a variety of prepay options and easily expand the GSM network as demand for services grows.

“Prepaid systems are experiencing significant growth in Turkey and throughout the region,” said Gadi Bahat, Comverse’s general manager for EMEA.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Telsim will initially offer the new prepay services, including account, card-based and wireless data services, in the major cities of Turkey – Istanbul and Ankara. It currently has a total subscriber base (contract and prepay) of around 6.2 million

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