In June 2014, Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL), Turkey's leading telecoms and technology company, and Turkish Informatics Foundation launched the Knowledge Society Institute of Turkey in order to work on projects that would generate reliable data and know-how as Turkey transformed into a technology- and knowledge-based economy. Six months later, the Knowledge Society Institute announced its first international partnership with the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution, one of the oldest and most influential think tanks of the world.

Speaking at the event where the partnership was announced, Faruk Eczacibasi, the President of the Turkish Informatics Foundation, emphasized the need to produce reliable and quantifiable knowledge in order to inform policy in Turkey. "We are interested in technology as a means of influencing society, politics and our personal lives. In order to understand and manage this influence, we need to be able to generate data and have a clear grasp of where we are at various moments in history. With this partnership, we hope to meet the need to fill this gap" said Eczacibasi.

"At Turkcell, our goal is to make our customers' lives easier, more enjoyable and more efficient through technology. Our efforts in mobile health, mobile education, M2M and IoT are already yielding results in this direction" said Burak Sevilengul, Turkcell's Chief Consumer Business Officer. "Through the partnership between the Brookings Institution and the Knowledge Society Institute, we will gain insights into the global knowledge produced in these fields as well as in connected living and wearables. We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership which focuses on how to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the broader society through innovation."

Dr. Darrell West, Vice President and the Founding Director of the Center for Technology at Brookings, also delivered remarks at the launching event held in Istanbul. "ICT represents a chance to break down barriers. It can be a key driver of economic growth. The ICT sector in Turkey is interesting in its own right but it is also well-positioned to promote knowledge society in this part of the world. We see this collaboration - which brings together different areas of expertise - as a project that can yield significant results" said Dr. West.

ABOUT TURKCELL: Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, with 34.7 million subscribers as of September 30, 2014. Turkcell is a leading regional player with its approximately 71.1 million subscribers in nine countries as of September 30, 2014. It was one of the first among global operators to have implemented HSPA+. It has achieved up to 43.2 Mbps speed using Dual Carrier technology, and is continuously working to provide the latest technology to its customers. Turkcell Superonline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Turkcell, is the first telecom operator to offer households fiber broadband connection at speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps in Turkey. As of September 2014, Turkcell's population coverage is at 99.62% in 2G and 88.09% in 3G. Turkcell reported TRY3.2 billion (US$1.5 billion) in revenue with total assets of TRY22.7 billion (US$10.0 billion) as of September 30, 2014. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. Read more at

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