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Turkey - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 29 Apr 2020 Update History

Report Pages: 102

Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Turkey’s telecoms sector offers growth opportunities

Turkey has been identified as one of the key markets for mobile subscriber growth through to 2025 in the MENA region. Turkey’s telecoms sector continues to demonstrate keen growth. In particular, Turkey is making great strides with its 5G evolution and operators have conducted significant 5G trials during the year, supported by Ericsson and Huawei. Mobile subscribers, data usage and uptake of bundled packages have also grown for the mobile sector.

4G LTE networks are well established across Turkey and are providing network coverage to over 93% of the population. The market remains competitive with Vodafone Turkey recently capturing more market share of mobile subscriptions, while both Turkcell and Turk Telekom experienced slight declines.

Significant investments in expanding fibre-optic broadband networks are continuing in Turkey and overall it offers substantial opportunities for fixed broadband growth considering its current penetration is only around 16%. xDSL services are still the leading fixed broadband access method in 2019, with over 9 million subscribers.

A project is also underway in Turkey which is using the Universal Services Fund to supply mobile infrastructure to over 1,400 areas which are lacking.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

  • The Ministry of Treasury and Finance approved the acquisition of a 55% share of Turk Telekom by a group of creditor banks in August 2018. In September 2019 the banks further announced they had appointed Morgan and Banks to sell their majority share.
  • While mobile broadband becomes increasingly popular in Turkey - the fixed broadband network is also progressing sharply with a clear direction towards fibre broadband.
  • Turkey has excellent international telecoms infrastructure with links to many cable networks due to its geographic location between Europe and Asia.
  • Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Turk Telekom, Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey, Turksat, Superonline, Millenicom.

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