Iran's comms minister labels Turkcell's MTN claims as unfounded

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James Pearce
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Turkcell has claimed MTN broke a number of laws when it struck a deal with Iran Electronic Development Company (IEDC) to form MTN-Irancell

The Iranian minister of communications and information technology has rejected a claim by Turkcell issued against MTN.

Turkcell has claimed MTN broke a number of laws when it struck a deal with Iran Electronic Development Company (IEDC) in 2005.

MTN struck a deal with IEDC, comprised of two state-owned entities, to form MTN-Irancell, but Turkcell accused MTN of unlawfully acquiring a mobile operating licence it had won.

The Turkish company said it would have received Iran’s first private mobile phone license had it not been taken away from it and given to MTN allegedly through unfair means.

Minister Mahmoud Vaezi said all relevant documents have been looked at, with nothing found to prove Turkcell’s claim, according to ICTNA.

In a lawsuit originally filed in South Africa in 2013, Turkcell alleged that “MTN bribed officials in Iran” to transfer the license to their control after it was awarded to the Turkish firm.

Turkcell has revived its claim for $4.2 billion in damages against MTN after a court in Johannesburg agreed to hear the lawsuit launched over the loss of its license to operate in Iran, Reuters reported.