Turkey’s First Live 5G Trial Performed by Turkcell and Samsung

ISTANBUL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) and the Samsung’s collaboration blazed
a trail in Turkey. Turkcell, striving for Turkey to be one of the first
countries to use 5G, and Samsung, offering 5G solutions, organized an
event to experience live 5G in Turkey. Guests of the event got the
opportunity to witness live 5G for the first time in the experience
zones of UHD Live Streaming, Cloud Gaming, 360 degree Camera and VR
streaming by using Samsung’s 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solutions,
combined with the superior infrastructure of Turkcell.
Thanks to 5G
FWA technologies, high-quality Gigabit connections can be made with 5G
in homes and offices where there is no fiber infrastructure. In addition
to Maltepe Plaza, Samsung’s 5G FWA solutions have been tested in
Istanbul Technical University and Kadikoy, a dense province of Istanbul.

“Our goal is clear: Turkey will be one of the firsts”

During his speech at the event, Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioglu said
“As Turkey’s Turkcell we are proud to be a pioneer in several fields
concerning 5G. We reached record speeds in one of the world’s first 5G
tests, which took place under the roof of Turkcell. To lay the
groundwork for Turkey to be a major player in the field, we are engaged
in scientific cooperation with universities and collaborating with the
world’s technology giants, all aimed at making Turkey one of the first
countries to implement 5G. We have gained valuable experience in
infrastructure and product deployment, service development, making
network improvements, and offering the latest technologies by
cooperating with global players. The live 5G experience that we
experience today is the concrete example of the MoU we signed with
Samsung in South Korea in February. Today, with 5G, we have shown that
the latest generation of high-speed wireless access is now possible for
our customers. Our goal is clear: to make Turkey one of the first
countries in the world with 5G technology. Turkcell established the
fastest mobile network of the world, today in Istanbul. 5G is a historic
opportunity for Turkey. 5G does not only happen to be a communication
technology, but is a total transformation, the digitalization of sectors
such as automotive, agriculture, health, and the transformation of
industry 4.0.”

During his speech Dae Hyun Kim, President of Samsung Electronics
said, “We are happy to contribute to Turkey’s efforts to
embrace the state-of-the-art technologies through initiatives like this
one which we successfully put into practice in partnership with
Turkcell. Today, we took an important step together with Turkcell in
providing the end-users in Turkey our leading 5G technologies, which
will be further developed by means of our global investments.”

Turkcell CTO Gediz Sezgin said “We are one of the world’s leading
operators and we are trying to provide a better network experience with
the technologies of the future. When setting up our 4.5G infrastructure,
we thought about the future of 5G and set up a compatible system. Our
superior infrastructure makes 5G possible in our country. Through
collaborations with technology giants like Samsung we will continue our
efforts on the commercialization of next-generation technologies and 5G
in Turkey. Today, the experience of 5G with all of our guests is a very
important step taken in this way.”

Istanbul Technical University President Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca
stated that “As technology changes and transforms, our lives transform
as well. The ones who have the data and can analyze it, are leading the
world. When we look at the growth of companies, the largest companies
today are the telecommunication companies. Today we stand here together
with two of the largest companies of the world. Our university is
focusing on research projects on infrastructure and latest technological
innovations. We are honored to contribute to this project as Istanbul
Technical University along with Turkcell and Samsung.”

Back in February 2018, Samsung unveiled the world’s first complete
commercial 5G FWA solutions, comprised of 5G radio (access unit and
virtualized RAN), 5G routers and next-generation core. Using in-house
technology and assets, Samsung has developed the first commercial
ASIC-based 5G modems and RFICs. The 5G FWA solutions will enable
end-users to have Gigabit speed broadband services without laying down
optical fiber. In August, Samsung announced that it will invest $22
billion in four of emerging technologies – 5G, AI, automotive
electronics components and biopharmaceuticals globally, over the next
three years. (Link)

About Turkcell:
Turkcell is a digital operator
headquartered in Turkey, serving its customers with its unique portfolio
of digital services along with voice, messaging, data and IPTV services
on its mobile and fixed networks. Turkcell Group companies operate in 8
countries – Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Germany,
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova. Turkcell launched LTE services in its
home country on April 1st, 2016, employing LTE-Advanced and 3 carrier
aggregation technologies in 81 cities. In 2G and 3G, Turkcell’s
population coverage in Turkey is at 99.68% and 98.23%, respectively, as
of September 2018. Turkcell offers up to 10 Gbps fiber internet speed
with its FTTH services. Turkcell Group reported TRY5.8 billion revenue
in Q318 with total assets of TRY45.4 billion as of September 30, 2018.
It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000, and is the
only NYSE-listed company in Turkey.

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