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Türk Telekom International

assisttAcquired: 2010

Business Segment: Wholesale and Data Capacity Provider

Türk Telekom Share: 100%

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Türk Telekom International, an international member of Türk Telekom Group, carries out its operations in international data, internet, fiber infrastructure, wholesale voice communication and mobile roaming areas through its subsidiaries in 17 countries.

Türk Telekom International serving customers in an extensive geographical region with a rich product portfolio

Türk Telekom International, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary, serves a wide geographical region that includes Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central and Southern Asia and the Far East as well as Turkey. Türk Telekom International’s major customers include fixed and mobile telecommunication operators, international alternative infrastructure operators, domestic and international internet service providers and corporations, with the following services offered:

  • A full range of internet and data communications,
  • IP transit service,
  • Network planning and implementation
  • Integrated network operations
  • Fiber-optic infrastructure and access
  • International and local wholesale voice services
  • Mobile roaming and services management
  • International IT and telecommunications consultancy
  • Service, product and market development
  • Customer management from a single center
  • Services such as Global MTN & SD-WAN for corporate clients

Türk Telekom International continues to strengthen its position through expansion efforts in the Eurasian market

With a fiber optic network over 45 thousand km long, mainly located in the Central and Eastern European countries, Türk Telekom International makes a notable contribution to Turkey’s goal of becoming a communication bridge and data crossroads between the continents of Europe and Asia. Türk Telekom International offers internet and IP services to a wide array of operators and companies with 114 points-of-presence (PoP) in 22 countries.

In addition to providing communication services and products to companies and operators abroad, Türk Telekom International provides international data and Internet access to Türk Telekom with a capacity of 10.7 terabytes per second.

With the strength derived from the Türk Telekom brand, which is well-recognized not only regionally but also globally, Türk Telekom International continued building on its strong position in 2019 through its efforts undertaken to develop new products and services and to expand across Eurasia.

Türk Telekom International is expanding its field of activity through new cooperation projects aimed at capturing a significant share in the digitalized world and offering different products to its customers.

An important regional player in international wholesale data and voice communication

In addition to international data services, Türk Telekom International is an important regional player in international wholesale voice communication and international mobile roaming.

The company has more than 250 business partnerships with the world’s most important telecommunications operators in international wholesale voice communication. Within this scope, approximately 120 million minutes of monthly transit traffic is carried from Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa and the Far East.

The company also has multilateral international mobile roaming agreements with 770 mobile network operators in over 212 countries. Within the scope of LTE technology, there are multilateral international mobile roaming agreements with more than 200 operators.

SEA-ME-WE-5, a submarine fiber optic cable project with 19 leading operators including Türk Telekom International, is a vital communication link between Asia and Europe

The Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) international submarine fiber optic

cable system project is the fifth generation project of the SEA-ME-WE System. Türk Telekom International is a full member of the SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable consortium consisting of 19 operators, all of which are leaders in their fields.

Cooperation with in the scope of the consortium aims to provide the European connections of carriers and operators in the Asian region through the Marmaris Cable Landing Station. The cable provides access via the Marmaris Cable Landing Station to the Istanbul and Edirne border links through Türk Telekom and Türk Telekom International fiber optic networks and through the Türk Telekom International fiber networks in Europe to the European PoPs. Accordingly, a route is created that provides a fully protected backup to the SEA-ME-WE-5 Cable System passing through the Mediterranean Sea.

This project contributes to Turkey’s positioning as a communication bridge and data crossroads between East and West. Five consortium members have already moved their capacity to Marmaris. The route is also critical for the transmission of Türk Telekom traffic.

Türk Telekom International aiming to reach higher capacities with its New Backbone Project

Türk Telekom International aims to provide a fast and high quality service to its customers at more affordable prices by strengthening its infrastructure with its New Backbone Project.

The New Backbone Project will also provide connections to Sofia, Budapest, and Vienna through two different protected routes in Europe with endpoints in Edirne and Frankfurt, each with a fiber network of over 3,000 km.

The project, which aims to reach high capacities that will enable the provision of value-added services in the area of data, is expected to be ready for operation in 2020.

Caspian Sea Crossing Project to create high quality and fast alternatives between Europe and Asia

The routes that can provide telecommunication links between Europe and Asia with minimum latency are the routes that extend to China via Turkey terrestrially. Work undertaken by the consortium to determine the technical and commercial details with regard to the route, which will reach China through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, the Caspian Sea, and Kazakhstan, is ongoing.

This project will establish high quality and rapid alternatives between Europe and Asia and a connection to the countries of the Caucasus, Eastern European countries and Central Asian Turkish Republics, which lack access to submarine cable systems.

IP products offered by Türk Telekom International to accelerate İstanbul’s transformation into a data hub

In addition to the projects aimed at the geographic expansion and diversification of existing routes, Türk Telekom International has been offering IP products to international-based service and content providers since 2018 with the aim of securing Turkey’s place as an international data center of attraction. This service allows companies with international content providers to reach İstanbul using Türk Telekom International’s infrastructure and to host their servers in Türk Telekom International’s Istanbul Data Center.

In 2019, major cloud and content providers such as Microsoft, Limelight and Cloudflare commenced operations in Istanbul and important steps were taken to make İstanbul a data hub. The infrastructure and valueadded services offered by Türk Telekom International strengthen Istanbul’s position as the center of attraction by providing access with high speeds and capacities.

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