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Turkey poised for 3G success
Turkcell hosts UMTS Forum Mobile Broadband Eurasia Leadership Seminar Untitled Document

03 July 2009, Istanbul: As Turkey readies for the launch of 3G services on 31 July, delegates at this week’s UMTS Forum 3G/Mobile Broadband Eurasia Leadership Seminar were presented a positive picture of 3G success globally and growing momentum behind LTE (Long Term Evolution).

The invitation-only event was hosted on 02 July by UMTS Forum member Turkcell, Turkey’s leading communication technology company. The seminar attracted an audience of more than 100 delegates from the Eurasia region, including operators, manufacturers, regulators and journalists.

The seminar provided a unique opportunity for delegates from the Eurasia region to hear latest news on mobile broadband market trends, technical developments and operators’ commercial plans for 3G/HSPA and LTE.

The agenda covered a wide range of topics relating to 3G technology, regulation and market aspects. Of particular interest were the technical/service capabilities of LTE) – the next step in a clearly-charted roadmap to high-speed global mobile broadband as standardised by 3GPP (the Third Generation Partnership Project). First commercial LTE deployments are expected by end 2010 in Asia, Europe and North America.

The seminar audience was welcomed by Ekrem Yener, Chief Corporate Business Officer at Turkcell, who emphasized today’s convergent mobile/Internet environment and the operator’s commitment to rapid evolution in mobile broadband. After launching 3G services later this month alongside Turkey’s two other license holders, Turkcell is already planning its rollout of HSPA+ that will offer even more dramatic enhancements in connection speed and service capabilities.

The meeting was also honoured by an opening address by Galip Zerey, Dept Chairman of Turkey’s Information Technologies and Communications Authority, who profiled Turkey’s thriving ICT sector where revenues have risen steadily over the last decade.

“Turkey’s vibrant economy and young, urbanised population provides a fertile ground for growth in demand for mobile broadband services”, commented UMTS Forum Chairman Jean-Pierre Bienaimé. “The Turkish mobile market is already thriving, boosted by compelling tariffs and increased competition through recently-introduced number portability. Now with the arrival of 3G, Turkey has an exciting opportunity to boost its economic strength and leadership in the Eurasia region.”

Other topics examined in the seminar included growth in mobile data services, standardisation status in 3GPP, operator case studies, opportunities presented by the digital dividend and drivers for 3G take-up in the Eurasia region.

Click here to view the seminar agenda and list of presentations.

Mobile broadband is changing the way the world communicates. The UMTS Forum helps all players in this dynamic new value chain understand and profit from the opportunities of 3G/UMTS networks and their Long Term Evolution (LTE).

The UMTS Forum participates actively in the work of the ITU, ETSI, 3GPP and CEPT as well as other technical and commercial organisations globally. It also contributes to the timely licensing and deployment of mobile broadband globally through regular dialogue with regulators and responses to public consultations.