According telecomasia.net, Turkey's Turkcell agreed to pay $500 million to acquire 80% of Belarus's state-owned mobile operator BeST, a Reuters report said.
Turkcell said it will pay the government $300 million within 30 days after striking the deal and $100 million a year in 2009 and 2010 for BeST, Belarus's third largest mobile operator with 187,000 subscribers.
Turkcell agreed to pay another $100 million if BeST shows a net profit in 2008 and invest $500 million in BeST's development, the Reuters report said.
The Belarus government has promised not to sell the remaining 20% stake within the next five years.
BeST had a profit of $1.2 million in 2008, Turkcell said in a statement. Turkcell earlier described the business environment in the isolationist ex-Soviet state, as "difficult".
The Belarus government, which announced a large scale privatisation programme this year following a hike in prices for Russian gas, sold 70% of the country's second largest mobile operator, Velcom, to Austria Telecom.
The government also owns a 51% stake in the largest operator MTS, in which Russian MTS holds the remaining 49%.
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