ISTANBUL, January 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Turkcell (NYSE: TKC,
ISE:TCELL), the leading communications and technology company in Turkey,
announced today that Turkcell customers placed about 300 million voice and
video calls and sent 400 million SMSs and about 500,000 MMSs on New Year's
Lale Saral Develioglu, Turkcell Chief Marketing Officer, said "We were
with our customers when they entered 2010. We are delighted to be able to
connect our customers with their loved ones at this special time of the year.
We will be with our customers through 2010 when they will be able to benefit
from some unique offerings."
- The first Turkcell 3G video call of 2010 took place between
Erzincan and Izmir.
- In addition to Turkey's three biggest cities, Diyarbakir,
Adana, Antalya, Trabzon, Bursa, Kocaeli, Hatay and Erzurum were among the
cities that had the highest number of video calls. On New Year's Eve,
Turkcell customers placed around 200,000 minutes of Turkcell 3G video
- With an average of 6.41 minutes, Turkcell customers from
Erzurum had the longest video conversations. Erzurum was followed by
DiyarbakÃ„Â±r with 4.70 minutes and by Trabzon with 4.24 minutes.
- Average video call durations in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir
were 3.55 minutes, 3.87 minutes and 3.82 minutes, respectively.
- Mobile TV was the other service that Turkcell customers were
able to benefit from for the first time. Turkcell 3G customers watched
200,000 minutes of New Year's Eve TV programs from their phones.
Turkcell is the leading Mobile operator in Turkey with 36 million
postpaid and prepaid customers as of September 30, 2009 operating in a three
player market with a market share of approximately 56% as of September 30,
2009 (Source: operators' announcements). Turkcell, is the technology leader
providing EDGE technology across the country. Turkcell also provides high
quality data and voice services to 65% of the population (as at 30 September
2009) through the implementation of its 3G technology. Turkcell provides
roaming with 628 operators in 206 countries as of September 18, 2009. Serving
a large subscriber base in Turkey with its high-quality wireless telephone
network, Turkcell reported $1.6 billion net revenue for the quarter ended
September 30, 2009 as per IFRS financial statements. Turkcell has interests
in international Mobile operations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Moldova, Northern Cyprus and Ukraine and together with Turkey had
approximately 61.9 million subscribers as of September 30, 2009. Turkcell has
been listed on the NYSE ("New York Stock Exchange") and the ISE ("Istanbul
Stock Exchange") 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 Cukurova Group, 13.07% by Sonera Holding, 2.32% by M.V. Group and 0.08% by
others while the remaining 33.48% is free float.
For further information please contact Turkcell
Nihat Narin, Investor and International Media Relations
Sahver Binici, Investor and International Media Relations