Turkey - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts
Turkey on the cusp of LTE
Turkey possesses a significant telecommunications market region due to its large population, which is characterised as young, increasingly urbanised and technically literate. Its developing economy has been shaped by the EU accession process.
Despite liberalisation, Turk Telekom maintains a near monopoly of the fixed market. Competition is increasing due to an improved regulatory regime for network access that includes Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) and naked DSL.
Broadband services are widely available in Turkey, with competition predominantly infrastructure based. Mobile broadband has emerged as the most popular broadband platform. ADSL continues to represent the majority of fixed broadband subscriptions due to the reach of Turk Telekom’s copper network.
Recognising the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development, Turkey has taken steps to develop a digital economy, encompassing e-commerce, e-government, e-health and e-education. The large potential online market has attracted international significant investment from multinational retailers and private equity firms.
Mobile penetration has reached levels indicative of a mature market. Healthy infrastructure-based competition exists between Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea that have built GSM/HSPA networks. LTE technology has been trialled by the operators and during 2013 the Turkish government awarded a contract to build a LTE network for civilian and military use.
Key telecom parameters – 2013; 2014
Sector | 2013 | 2014
Subscribers to telecoms services (million):
Broadband | 21.0 | 22.0
Fixed-line telephony | 14.0 | 14.1
Mobile phone | 68.3 | 69.0
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year
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