Turkey Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 27 Feb 2024 Update History

Report Status: Current

Report Pages: 196

Türkiye anticipates 5G spectrum allocation later in 2024

Türkiye continues to develop its capabilities within its telecom sector, becoming one of the relatively few countries able to build and develop its own communications satellites. With the successful launch of the Turksat 5A and 5B satellites in 2021, the country has vastly increased its bandwidth capacity. These satellites will be joined by the Turksat 6A in mid-2024.

In addition to these technological breakthroughs, the country’s telcos have invested in fibre infrastructure, with Vodafone Türkiye having trialled a 1Tb/s service in late 2021 to support its 5G network backhaul and improve the quality of its fixed infrastructure.

Deployment of fibre-based broadband networks are well established, with fibre accounting for 33.5% of all fixed broadband connections as of September 2023, compared to 26.7% at the end of 2021. The DSL sector still dominates but its share is steadily declining, year-on-year, accounting for 56% of connections as of September 2023 compared to 63% at the end of 2021.

Improved fixed and mobile infrastructure is underpinning the country’s initiatives relating to Smart City concepts, which have become a key area of focus for the emerging digital economy and the transformation to a knowledge-based economy. Türkiye’s National Smart Cities Strategy and Action Plan is supported by investment in 5G from government, industry, and telcos. While all three MNOs operate pilot 5G services in limited areas, commercial launches are not expected until after suitable spectrum is allocated later in 2024.

Key developments:

  • SOCAR Türkiye contracts Turkcell to deploy a 5G-based private wireless network at its refinery in Aliaga Peninsula.
  • Domestically-built Turksat 6A satellite nears delivery date for launch.
  • Türk Telecom increases its national fibre network to 427,000, with fibre broadband covering 31.9 million premises.
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market updates for Q3 2023, telcos’ financial and operating data to December 2023, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Türk Telekom, Turkcell, Vodafone Türkiye, Turksat, Superonline, Millenicom.

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