Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL), Turkey's leading telecommunications and technology company, has announced that it has tested enriched VoLTE in its 4G testing area in Istanbul. This lab test makes Turkcell the first and only Turkish operator to test Enriched VoLTE, and one of the few international technology companies to have done so. "Our goal is to be among the first operators globally to offer Enriched VoLTE" "We look forward to introducing the latest LTE technology to our customers in Turkey as we roll out 4G services. As a part of this effort, we have joined forces with our partners to test Enriched VoLTE, making Turkcell one of the few technology companies to do so on a global scale," said Ilker Kuruoz, Turkcell's Chief Technology Officer. "Our goal is to be among the first operators to offer enriched VoLTE so that Turkcell customers can be among the first users of this technology in the world." The test was carried out in partnership with Ericsson. In the words of Mr. Ziya Erdem, General Manager of Ericsson Turkey: "Ericsson continues to develop innovative technologies that enable not only data services, but also more developed voice services on 4G. We are proud to have tested these technologies in Turkey for the first time, becoming one of the pioneers in the industry. Our aim is to consistently improve the end-consumer experience in cooperation with our partner Turkcell. We are also contributing to the transformation of smartphones to enable the use of VoLTE and Enriched VoLTE." Turkcell also achieved 450 Mbps LTE-A data speed in a separate test In a separate test, Turkcell achieved 450 Mbps LTE-A data speeds on a single device with carrier aggregation technology, proving its technology leadership in 4G. As Turkcell continues to constantly carry its technology forward in the run up to the 4G roll out, Turkish Government has announced the exact date for the spectrum auction.
Accordingly, Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Agency is due to hold the auction on May 26th, 2015, with operators required to have launched 4G services by the end of 2015.Turkcell had previously announced its readiness to roll out 4G as early as possible. ABOUT TURKCELL: Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, with 34.6 million subscribers as of December 31, 2014. Turkcell is a leading regional player with its approximately 71.5 million subscribers in nine countries as of December 31, 2014. It was one of the first among the global operators to have implemented HSPA+. It has announced two new HSPA+ Technologies on its 3G network to meet rising data usage. Having successfully integrated 3C-HSDPA and DC-HSUPA Technologies, it became the first mobile operator in the world to enable peak speed of 63.3 Mbps downlink, while also enabling an 11.5 Mbps uplink on a 3G network. Turkcell Superonline, a wholly owned subsidiary of Turkcell, is the first telecom operator to offer households in Turkey fiber broadband connection at speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps. As of December 2014, Turkcell's population coverage was at 99.81% in 2G and 91.21% in 3G. Turkcell reported TRY12.0 billion (US$5.5 billion) in revenue with total assets of TRY23.7 billion (US$10.2 billion) as of December 31, 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 You can now follow the most up-to-date Turkcell developments on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TurkcellNews