Message from the President of the Telecommunications Authority of the Republic of Turkey

On behalf of the Telecommunications Authority of the Republic of Turkey, I am delighted to welcome all guests and participants at the 3rd International Conference - Caspian Telecoms 2004 and 2nd International Exhibition - Caspian Telecoms 2004 for Caspian region countries, Central Asia, Turkey, CIS countries and Europe, taking place in Istanbul between 14-16 April 2004.

Caspian Telecoms Conferences and Exhibitions today are well-established and known events which provide a platform for key players in the sector to review their business and investment plans, extend their commercial

activities to other countries, and discuss appropriate strategies for development and other issues of immediate importance to their particular countries. The Conference will address some regulatory-normative issues such as transit potential of and investment opportunities in the Caspian region, telecom infrastructure-building projects, standardisation, privatisation, liberalisation of telecom markets, licensing, the most recent developments in the fields of fixed, mobile and satellite communications, Internet etc.

As the world is in the midst of a global information revolution driven by the convergence and proliferation of telecommunications and information technologies shaping the information society of the new millennium, it is my sincere belief that this kind of organizations will be helpful in developing common vision and understanding of the Information Society and enhancing cooperation among countries in the same region with special efforts of the participants including public and private institutions, companies, investors etc.

Being determined to foster its IT sector development, Turkey has made remarkable progress during the last two decades. As of January 1st, 2004 Turkish telecom market was opened up to new players willing to invest in telecommunications. Having already established the most essential regulations for competitive entries, I would like to take this opportunity to extent the kindest invitations of my Authority to potential investors who are interested in doing business in Turkey.

As the President of the Telecommunications Authority, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all who organized and participated in this important event. Last but not the least I wish all participants a successful conference and an enjoyable stay in Istanbul.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ömer ARASIL

President of the Authority

Chairman of the Board