Meeting Held on Island-Wide Mobile Telephony

President Mustafa Akıncı convened a meeting on Friday of officials from the Information Technology and Communications Department, representatives of TRNC GSM operators and the Turkish Cypriot members of the Bi-communal Technical Committee on Economic and Commerce Matters, following the decision taken at Tuesday’s unofficial leaders’ meeting to implement mobile phone interoperability as a confidence-building measure.

A deal was reached to enable island-wide mobile telephony through separate agreements by the operators on both sides using a hub based in Europe.

President Akıncı briefed the participating members on the details of the mobile phone interoperability deal. Then steps regarding technical arrangements which will enable operators on both sides of the island to establish communication, were discussed at the meeting.

Akıncı has said that once mobile phone interoperability was established, Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots would be able to use their phones regardless on which side of the island they were located.