Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST: TCELL), Turkey's leading telecoms and technology company, has announced the integration of 3-Carrier (3C-HSDPA) technology to its 3G network. With this integration, Turkcell becomes the first mobile operator globally to have introduced the world's fastest 3G technology.

The development follows the world's first live trial of 3-Carrier technology, in which download speeds of up to 63.3 Mbps were achieved on the Turkcell network. Six months later, 3-Carrier is fully integrated into Turkcell's 3G network in 81 Turkish cities.

The network update also includes the integration of dual carrier upload technology (DC-HSUPA), through which users can experience up to 11.5 Mbps upload speeds in 3G - twice the current offering.

Meeting the exponential rise in data demand with the fastest mobile internet

"At Turkcell, our goal is to provide customers with the world's cutting-edge technology using Turkey's strongest network. Upgrading our network to 3-Carrier technology will enable us to serve our customers with the fastest mobile internet in a country where the demand for data is rising exponentially. We are also getting ready for 4G as Turkey prepares to introduce this technology in 2015. Turkcell will continue to differentiate itself with its innovative approach and strong network in 2015," said Sureyya Ciliv, CEO of Turkcell.

Implications of the update for mobile internet experience

Consumers who enjoy mobile internet on 3-Carrier will be able to download a video file of 700 MB in 1 minute and 29 seconds - a major improvement on HSPA+ Dual Carrier, with which the same download would take 2 minutes and 13 seconds.

Uploading a video file of 15 MB takes about 20.8 seconds in HSUPA, whereas the upgraded experience of dual carrier technology (DC-HSUPA) will allow the user to do the same in 10.4 seconds.

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 www.turkcell.com.tr

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