Turkcell Introduces "Dual Carrier" Technology to Turkey and Doubles Mobile Internet Speed

Dec 02, 2010, 09:27 ET from Turkcell

ISTANBUL, December 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Turkcell (NYSE: TKC, ISE: TCELL), the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, is delighted to announce that it will introduce "Dual Carrier" technology to Turkey and so become one of only ten companies in the world to use this latest technology.

Turkcell's 3G network will be made compatible with Dual Carrier technology and will support mobile internet speeds of up to 42 Mbps. DC-HSDPA technology, which enables to use 2 frequency at the same time, will double the speed at which Turkcell subscribers are able to use mobile Internet via compatible modems and smart phones.

Commenting, Turkcell's Chief Network Operations Officer, Ilter Terzioglu, said: "Turkcell will continue to invest in the latest technology and allow our customers to enjoy a very high speed, high quality mobile internet experience. Mobile internet becomes even more meaningful with 'instant access' and Dual Carrier technology is a new advance in 3G/HSDPA technology, which significantly increases the maximum speed available to customers. We will complete the update of our network as soon as possible. We will soon double mobile internet speed, allowing our subscribers to use Turkcell 3G VINN at 43.2 Mbps. We are aiming to achieve higher mobile internet revenues in accordance with the increasing smart phones as well as the higher data usage at faster speeds."

About Turkcell

Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey with 33.9 million postpaid and prepaid customers and a market share of approximately 55% as of September 30, 2010 (Source: Our estimations, operator's and the Telecommunication Authority's announcements). Turkcell provides high quality data and voice services to approximately 80% of the Turkish population through its 3G technology supported network and to 99.07% of the Turkish population through its 2G technology supported network. Turkcell reported TRY2.3 billion ($1.5 billion) net revenue for the period ended September 30, 2010 and its total assets reached TRY14.5 billion ($10.0 billion) as of September 30, 2010. 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 is a leading regional player and has interests in international mobile operations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Northern Cyprus and Ukraine which, together with its Turkish operations, had approximately 60.4 million subscribers as of September 30, 2010. Turkcell has been listed on the NYSE and the ISE since July 2000 and is the only NYSE listed company in Turkey and is among the top 15% of companies listed on NYSE by its size as of October 2010. 51.00% of Turkcell's share capital is held by Turkcell Holding, 0.05% by Çukurova Holding, 13.07% by Sonera Holding, 2.32% by M.V. Group and 0.01% by others while the remaining 33.55% is free float. Read more at http://www.turkcell.com.tr/en

    For further information please contact Turkcell

    Nihat Narin, Investor and International Media Relations
    Tel: +90-212-313-1244
    Email: nihat.narin@turkcell.com.tr

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