Turkcell CTO details 4G strategy

17 Nov 2015

Turkcell Chief Technology Officer Ilker Kuruoz has divulged key details relating to the mobile operator’s planned 4G launch, which will take place on 1 April 2016. Speaking to Mobile Europe after a capital markets day in London, Mr Kuruoz claimed that Turkcell will offer a tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) service with speeds of up to 375Mbps from launch, with a quad-band platform earmarked for launch in 2017. The 3C network will utilise 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequencies, while the executive also noted that around 15% of Turkcell’s base transceiver stations have already been connected to its fibre backbone network – a figure which is expected to rise to 38% by 2018.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Turkcell secured 4G-suitable frequencies in the government multi-band spectrum auction held on 26 August this year. The cellco paid EUR372.9 million (USD424.0 million) for the ‘A3’ spectrum package.

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