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Turkey - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

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
(Source: BuddeComm)
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Turkey - 2013
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2013
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2013
    • Table Broadband subscriber statistics - June 2013
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2013
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table GDP growth and inflation - 2005 - 2015
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF TURKEY'S TELECOM MARKET
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • BACKGROUND
      • Electronic Communications Law 2008
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Information and Communications Technologies Authority (ICTA)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN TURKEY
    • PRIVATISATION
      • The 2005 privatisation
      • Privatisation background
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICES
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
    • TURK TELEKOM
      • Table Turk Telekom - Revenue, profit, EBITDA and CAPEX - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Turk Telekom - Fixed-line revenue, EBITDA and PSTN ARPU - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Turk Telekom - Fixed ARPU - 2011 - 2013
    • TURKSAT
    • SUPERONLINE
      • Table Superonline financial data - 2009 - 2013
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fibre optic cable lengths for Turk Telekom - 2011 - 2013
      • Table Fibre optic cable lengths for Alternative operators - 2011 - 2013
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2014
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Terrestrial cable networks
      • Satellite networks
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
    • INTERNET AND BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Internet user and penetration rate - 1998 - 2014
      • Table Broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2013
      • Table Broadband subscribers by access technology - 2004 - 2013
      • Table ISP market share - June 2013
      • Table Fixed Broadband subscriptions by speed - June 2013
      • Table Average monthly data usage per Turk Telekom broadband subscriber - 2010 - 2013
      • Table International Internet Bandwidth - 2003 - 2012
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINES (ADSL)
      • Table Turk Telekom ADSL ARPU - 2007 - 2013
    • CABLE MODEMS
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME (FTTH) NETWORKS
      • Superonline
        • Table Superonline FttX homes passed and subscribers - 2011 - 2013
  • DIGITAL MEDIA / DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • OVERVIEW
    • SERVICES
      • E-commerce
      • E-government
      • E-health
      • E-education
      • Electronic ID
    • DIGITAL BROADCASTING
      • Overview of broadcasting market
        • Table TV audience share by channel - January - June 2013
        • Table TV advertising revenue - 2009 - 2013
      • Broadcasting regulation
      • Digital TV
        • Table Cable TV subscribers - 2011 - 2013
        • Table D-Smart pay TV subscribers - 2007 - 2013
        • Table IPTV subscribers - 2011 - 2013
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF TURKEY'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2014
        • Table 2G and 3G subscribers - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - June 2013
        • Table Mobile subscribers by operator - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Mobile operators' market share - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Mobile Telecom revenue and investment - 2004 - 2012
        • Table ARPU levels per operator - 2011 - 2013
        • Table Mobile revenue per service type per operator - March - June 2013
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third Generation (3G) licences
      • Third and fourth GSM licences
      • Significant market power (SMP)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Telsim privatisation
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Analogue
      • Digital
      • 3G
      • Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Turkcell
        • Table Turkcell group financial data - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Turkcell Turkey average monthly ARPU - pre and postpaid - 2001 - 2013
        • Table Turkcell Turkey average monthly MOU and churn - 2001 - 2013
        • Table Turkcell smartphone penetration - 2013
      • Vodafone (Telsim)
        • Table Vodafone Turkey financial data - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Vodafone pre and postpaid ARPU - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone smartphone penetration - 2011 - 2013
      • Avea
        • Table Avea revenue and EBITDA - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Avea prepaid, postpaid and blended ARPU and blended MOU - 2007 - 2013
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Turkcell prepaid subscribers - 2001 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone prepaid subscribers - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Avea prepaid subscribers - 2007 - 2013
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table Numbers of SMS and MMS sent - 2004 - 2012
      • Mobile broadband (Access)
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2013
        • Table Mobile Internet subscribers and usage - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Turkcell mobile broadband revenue - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone data usage - 2012 - 2013
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile TV
      • Mobile advertising
      • Mobile payments
  • FORECASTS
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2014; 2019; 2024
      • lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2014; 2019; 2024
      • Notes on scenario forecasts

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