Bids have been submitted by eight ventures for a national wireless monitoring project planned by the General Directorate of Wireless Communications (TGM) in the Communications & Transport Ministry. The project is supported by a $40 million World Bank loan.

The eight bidders are:

the US’ Avrastar with TCI and HP Israel’s Padiran, Germany’s Rhode & Schwarz with the local’ Simko France’s Thomson CSF the US’ Bellcore Israel’s Rafael Canada’s CANAC, Microtel and Spectrocan with the local Savronic Aselsan, Ere and all local the US’ Computec with TRW To be completed in three years, the project aims to spot unauthorised transmissions and those not complying with regulations. It will monitor all kinds of television, radio and wireless transmissions continuously in all areas where such transmissions are intensive, and on a countrywide basis when necessary. As well as spotting non-compliant broadcasts, the project will provide greater security for sea and air ways, and will help more efficient planning and utilisation of the radio frequency spectrum.

At the project’s centre will be a national wireless centre in Ankara, which will be equipped with hi-tech computers, antennae, receivers and measurement and analysis systems. The project will also include seven regional monitoring units in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Diyarbakir, Erzurum and Samsun, together with other fixed and mobile stations connected to these units.