Proposed cooperation between mobile phone operators on the two sides of the island was rejected by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades in 2015, MP for the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and former President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Fikri Toros, has revealed.
In a written statement, Toros responded to allegations by the former Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on the potential “Confidence Building Measures”, specifically regarding cooperation between the mobile phone operators both in North and South Cyprus.
Toros recalled that during his tenure as the President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce in 2015, a series of consultation meetings took place with the President of the Chamber of Greek Cypriot Commerce and Industry, in order to determine a cooperation model under existing political conditions. Toros stated that meetings took place between telecommunication regulators from both sides of the island, as well as representatives from the Chief Prosecutor Office and the authorities from Telsim Vodafone and Turkcell, which operate in the North, and CYTA, Primetel and MTN, which operate in the South.
Following those consultations, which were carried out over a three-month period, a model was developed which was approved by all participants.
Toros continued: “Five telecommunications companies that operate in the island were due to make this jointly-agreed cooperation a reality, by making contact via the GSM Centre in Luxembourg. Unfortunately, although this model was accepted by President Akıncı, it was rejected by the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades who said there was a legal barrier. This is the real reason that the ‘Mobile Phone Interoperability’ model was not put into force.”
TRNC Public Information Office