Turkcell has selected Ericsson to manage and operate its 2G/3G/4G mobile and fixed network including fibre-optic infrastructure and microwave links, in a continuation of a long-term partnership between the two companies. Ericsson is now Turkcell’s exclusive managed services partner in the Marmara region, which includes Istanbul.
As part of the agreement, Ericsson will undertake end-to-end engagement including operations, maintenance and expansion of Turkcell’s mobile and fixed networks. Ericsson will also introduce tools, processes and refined ways of working designed to improve performance, predictability, and quality of services as part of the deal. Gediz Sezgin, Senior Vice President of Network Technologies at Turkcell said: ‘Our ongoing strategic cooperation with Ericsson extends beyond our requirements as a mobile network operator. At Turkcell, we continue to invest in both our current network and future technologies … We see this cooperation as a milestone in order to reach common goals.’
The Turkcell group posted an 8.8% year-on-year rise in third-quarter revenue to TRY3.659 billion (USD1.174 billion), whilst consolidated EBITDA climbed 4.9% to TRY1.218 billion in the three months ended 30 September 2016. Consolidated quarterly net income improved 4.2% y-o-y to TRY705 million on a pro forma basis. In Turkish operations, the operator posted 3Q16 revenues of TRY3.276 billion – 89.5% of the group total – up by 7.9% compared to the same period of 2015. Total subscribers across five countries stood at 49.7 million at end-September 2016 – of which 34.8 million (70.0%) were in Turkey – a figure which fell by 2.8% year-on-year.