ISTANBUL, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Turkcell (NYSE: TKC, ISE: TCELL), the leading communications and technology company, which has mobile operations in eight countries and is Europe's 3rd largest operator in terms of subscriber base, is delighted to announce that it is now expanding its operations into nine countries by initiating operations in Germany. A 100% Turkcell Group subsidiary; Turkcell Europe, headquartered in Cologne, has entered the market with the goal of creating a unique experience for its subscribers in Turkey and Germany, and is set to commence its provision of services on April 4, 2011 via 1,200 stores.
Turkcell Europe will meet the mobile communication needs of Turkish citizens living in Germany, as well as other mobile users with close ties to Turkey, through its best practices. Whether prepaid or postpaid, each Turkcell Europe subscriber with a Turkcell Europe line will benefit from offers tailored to the needs of diverse customer segments, and communicate at affordable prices, both in Turkey and Germany via flat rate offers. These offers, which enable Turkcell Europe subscribers to talk at advantageous prices while travelling from Germany to Turkey will also eliminate the need to change SIM cards or numbers during their stay in Turkey.
Turkcell CEO SureyyaCiliv; "We are proud to connect both countries and our citizens through the mobile communication bridge we have established 50 years after the first migrationfrom Turkey to Germany. We will provide our customers with Turkcell's high quality products and services through outstanding voice and data offers, using the Germany's extensive and high quality network. We aim to become the number one operator for subscribers who wish to communicate with their relatives in Germany and Turkey while using the most feasible roaming advantages at affordable prices. Those subscribers are the ones who are keen on receiving Turkish content and information instantly through our innovative mobile services, as well as the ones who prefer to connect life with Turkey's 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 Cukurova Holding, 13.07% by Sonera Holding and 1.19% by others while the remaining 34.69% is free float. Read more at http://www.turkcell.com.tr.
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