ISTANBUL, January 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Turkcell (NYSE: TKC, ISE:
TCELL), the leading communications and technology company in Turkey,
announced today that it will collaborate with Turkey's Directorate General of
Coastal Safety for its pioneering "Remote Management of Lighthouses" project.
This project will bring the latest technology to lighthouses and also
reinforce existing infrastructure. The contract was signed by Sureyya Ciliv,
Turkcell CEO, and Salih Orakci, Director General for Coastal Safety.
During the first phase of the project, Turkcell will provide
communication between 185 lighthouses and the control center based in
Istanbul. The number of lighthouses connected will reach 430 by the end of
2011. Turkcell's best quality, wide coverage will allow seamless data
transfer between lighthouses while decreasing the communication distance
between lighthouses and boats by 10 times. Through the automated definition
system, the project will enable vessels to receive up-to-date information on
the weather, sea and traffic.
Turkcell CEO Sureyya Ciliv said: "We are proud to cover almost 100% of
Turkish coasts, contributing to the safety of our coastlines. Our ability to
deliver mobile coverage and communication even in remote locations allows us
to provide a strong communication infrastructure for lighthouses. Thanks to
our customer focus, we are happy to provide tailor made and unique solutions
based on specific customer needs. This Remote Management of Lighthouses
project is one of the best examples of this approach."
According to statistics provided by The Minister of Transport, Binali
Yildirim, 55,000 to 60,000 vessels or boats pass through the Bosphoruses
every year and a modern traffic information system between Istanbul and
Canakkale channels has been established. Minister Yildirim stated that: "The
Directorate General of Coastal Safety, through its partnership with Turkcell,
will be able to communicate with 185 lighthouses from the control center.
Hence, vessels will be able to receive data from the lighthouses from 50
miles instead of 5 miles."
Turkcell is the leading Mobile operator in Turkey with 36.0 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