Turkey Signals Next-Generation Networking

5G Turkey

New mobile data services have been launched in Turkey offering what has been uniquely coined "4.5G". As one of the most promising markets for LTE growth, mobile network operators (MNOs) have successfully launched this next wave of technology. Manufacturers and service providers have been anticipating the business development opportunities this move to faster mobile speeds offers the country’s key sectors and consumers have gained a big upgrade to their mobile broadband productivity.

With an area of 302,535 square miles, Turkey is the world’s 16th largest economy. The country is 40% larger than France and over three times the size of the UK. The International Monetary Fund expects economic growth in Turkey to remain strong, despite political challenges. In the past month, economic confidence rebounded after the failed coup in July.

Turkey’s has a sizable population of young, urban, technology-savvy mobile subscribers that is among the largest in the Middle East and Africa. Consumers have been so eager to access this higher speed mobile Internet that the Transportation, Maritime and Communications Minister, Binali Yildirim, publicly warned users that they should use the new service with caution at first, in order to avoid large data bills. Considering that mobile broadband has emerged as the most popular platform for Internet delivery, overtaking fixed-line ADSL, the market potential is abundant, especially in fast-growing cities of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya.

While 4.5G technology claims to bridge the gap between 4G and 5G, it provides 10 times the speed of 3G technology. The most important feature of 4.5G is the increase in data transmission speeds. Turkey's leading mobile telecom companies, Turkcell, Avea (currently operating as Türk Telekom) and Vodafone, have collectively invested more than 4 billion euros in the spectrum bid that took place on Aug 26, 2015, in order to obtain a license to provide the service.

The recent spectrum auction has made Turkey one of the first countries in the region to make the transition towards 5G. On the first day of its introduction in April this year, more than 4.5 million subscribers switched to the new technology, according to the head of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK), Ömer Fatih Sayan. In addition, while Turkey's telecom operators continue to invest in data centres, global Internet and technology giants are growing increasingly interested in the local market.

Turkey has mature mobile subscription penetration levels and the technology-literate population has been quick to embrace smartphones and other mobile technology. Investments in LTE networks are expected to drive overall IT spending at a CAGR of 3.9 percent until 2018 with the consumer, telecoms and finance sectors set to lead the way in the race to capitalise on next-generation networks. The country’s MNOs are expected to focus on expanding their portfolios by providing value-added IT services such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and cloud computing infrastructure.

With so much to offer, it is an exciting business development arena for Cradlepoint. Last week, I attended a conference in the beautiful Bosphorus area of Istanbul with our premier distributor, Ingram Micro, to bring Cradlepoint solutions to the market in Turkey. The buzz among the delegates was about Cradlepoint NetCloud, which securely connects people, places and things with LTE, SD-WAN and Cloud services.

An increasing amount of enterprise network traffic is moving off VPN and onto the public Internet. Our NetCloud platform is designed to allow companies to deploy private cloud networks over wired and wireless broadband Internet services. Using LTE networking technologies for new enterprise network architectures, innovative business paradigms, and improved operations will increase revenues for operators and leverage Turkey’s 4.5G infrastructure for the next generation of distributed enterprise.

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Turkey trade and export guide by Gov.uk: Source

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