Alcatel Teletas, a Turkish subsidiary of French Alcatel SA has denied media reports that it was being prevented from bidding on a major infrastructure contract put up by Turk Telekom.
French companies are currently being given the cold shoulder by Turkish authorities as a result of a law passed by the French parliament, which recognizes the alleged genocide of Armenian civilians by Turkish forces during the early part of the 20th century.
Turkey’s ministry of defense has already announced that it was reconsidering 10 contracts for which French firms have were been bidding, and last week the country’s public works ministry announced that it was canceling a major road contract, saying that it had been awarded to a consortium that included French firms.
In a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange, Alcatel Teletas contended that it is a Turkish company, which is 35 percent by the public. The assessment of bids for the Turk Telekom contract is still underway, it said, and none of the bidders have been notified of a result to date.
The contract under the spotlight involves the supply of a GSM mobile phone network. Alcatel Teletas had put in a bid together with the Turkish industrial conglomerates Sabanci Holding and Dogus Holding. Other groups bidding include Nokia Corp., Telefon AB LM Ericsson, and a consortium of Turkish companies headed by Koc Holding.
The Turkish Telekom contract is estimated to be worth about two billion dollars. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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