CeBIT Commences With Turkcell Sponsorship

The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel Embraces Cello and Welcomes Turkcell

Mar 01, 2011, 13:47 ET from Turkcell

ISTANBUL, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CeBIT, the Information and Technology fair, in which Turkey is participating as a Partner Country in 2011, has commenced with Turkcell sponsorship. The special section in the fair where Turkey is being represented with events and stands has been opened with a ceremony and participation of Turkcell's CEO Mr. Sureyya Ciliv and the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. Mr. Sureyya Ciliv presented a golden SIM card, which symbolically is the first SIM Card of Turkcell Europe, to Ms. Angela Merkel during the ceremony. Ms. Angela Merkel, embracing Turkcell's symbolic Cello, noted that she would also opt for Turkcell when in Turkey.

Photo of German Chancellor Ms. Angela Merkel embracing Turkcell's Cell buddy at CeBIT:

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Turkcell CEO Mr. Sureyya Ciliv commented that "As Turkcell, we are quite pleased to be among the sponsors of such a conference. As the leading company in our sector in Turkey as well as the global arena, we are thrilled to represent the Turkish telecommunications sector at this event. Another reason that positions CEBIT even more importantly is Turkcell Europe's launch in Germany, the preparations of which were completed in 2010. We are proud to realize one of the most sizeable investments from Turkey to Germany and to have exported Turkish technology and knowhow to Germany, since the beginning of the period of migration to Germany 50 years ago. There are approximately 3 million Turkish people currently living in Germany among who Turkcell's brand is very well known."

Turkcell is also hosting 12 post-graduate students who have been accepted to the "Turkcell Post-Graduate Scholarship Program". These bright youngsters who have been granted scholarships by Turkcell in the technology arena to support the development of and attract a qualified workforce to the sector, have shared their own studies and projects at the Turkcell booth.

About Turkcell

Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey with 33.5 million subscribers and a market share of approximately 54% as of 2010 (Source: Operator's announcements). Turkcell is a leading regional player, with market leadership in five of the nine countries in which it operates with its approximately 60.4 million subscribers as of 2010. Turkcell reported TRY9.0 billion ($6.0 billion) net revenue and its total assets reached TRY15.1 billion ($9.8 billion) as of 2010. Turkcell covers 82% of the Turkish population through its 3G and covers 99.07% of the Turkish population through its 2G technology supported network. Turkcell has become one of the first operators among the global operators to have implemented HSDPA+ and to reach to 42.2 Mbps speed with HSPA multi carrier solution. Turkcell has been listed on the NYSE and the ISE since July 2000 and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. 51.00% of Turkcell's share capital is held by Turkcell Holding, 0.05% by Çukurova Holding, 13.07% by Sonera Holding and 1.19% by others while the remaining 34.69% is free float. Read more at

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