Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) demonstrated LTE Broadcast technology during a basketball game between Turkey's two leading teams, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray Odeabank. During the demo, journalists were able to watch HD videos of the game from 4 different angles on Turkcell's test network that supports 4.5G - an experience that was offered for the first time in Turkey in a live setting.

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During Turkcell's live demo of LTE Broadcast, journalists watched a basketball game from 4 different ...

During Turkcell's live demo of LTE Broadcast, journalists watched a basketball game from 4 different angles. (Photo: Business Wire)

The trial comes at a critical time as Turkey counts down to the introduction of 4.5G on April 1st. With its unique spectrum configuration, Turkcell will be able to offer mobile broadband speeds of up to 375 mbps. This advantage provides additional flexibility for services including LTE Broadcast.

The test was carried out in partnership with Ericsson and journalists used LG G3 smartphones which support LTE broadcast technology.

Count down to the launch of 4.5G

"To be able to offer LTE broadcast experience, operators have to establish dedicated spectrum and make sure that this does not influence 4.5G communication in any way. This was one of our major considerations as we acquired more spectrum than our competitors during the spectrum auction held in August" said Ilker Kuruoz, Chief Technology Officer of Turkcell. "We will continue to be the leading provider of innovative services including LTE Broadcast following the 4.5G launch. Our spectrum advantage and investment in technology will ensure that we continue to provide the best customer experience, including through our OTT services such as Turkcell TV+, BiP, Smart Cloud and Turkcell Music."

Turkey is among the leading consumers of mobile video. According to IAB Research, 60% of Turkish smartphone users watch long videos - defined as 5 minutes or longer - on their mobile devices at least once a day.

Turkcell is planning to roll out 4.5G in all 81 cities of its home country Turkey upon launch on April 1st. At the auction held on August 26th, Turkcell acquired 47% of all spectrum sold. For a breakdown of the spectrum that Turkcell acquired, please visit http://s2.turkcell.com.tr/hakkimizda/en/yatirimciiliskileri/InvestorAnnouncementLibrary/fass-Tender-Result.pdf

ABOUT TURKCELL: Turkcell is a converged communication and technology services player in Turkey. Turkcell Group has approximately 68.8 million mobile, fixed and IPTV subscribers as of December 31, 2015. Turkcell 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 enabled an 11.5 Mbps uplink on a 3G network. Turkcell is the first telecom operator to offer households fiber broadband connection at speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps in Turkey. As of December 2015, Turkcell's population coverage is at 99.85% in 2G and 95.03% in 3G. Turkcell Group reported a TRY12.8 billion (US$4.7 billion) revenue with total assets of TRY26.2 billion (US$9.0 billion) as of December 31, 2015. 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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