Monday, 16 September 2019

Interview: Transforming Turkey's digital landscape, for everyone

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Monday 22 October 18

Total Telecom spoke to Turk Telekom's CEO, Dr Paul Doany, ahead of the Broadband World Forum event in Berlin, to discover how the company is planning to boost internet penetration levels and prepare for the arrival of 5G in Turkey

Tell us a little about the broadband market in Turkey. What is Turk Telekom doing to boost penetration rates?  As the main internet provider in Turkey, Turk Telekom provides 268 thousand kilometers of fiber infrastructure to 81 cities in Turkey. At this point, it is our responsibility to introduce as many people as we can to the internet.  While internet usage is rapidly increasing in Turkey, the broadband penetration rate is 52%, while the same rate is at 73% in Europe. Therefore, one of our most prioritized goal is to increase broadband penetration in order to ensure everyone can benefit from the internet equally. In line with this goal, we provide attractive and affordable tariffs for our citizens in line with the campaign ‘Let There Be No Homes without Internet’ started by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication Ministry in 2017. Plus, we offer this package with no profit to other internet service providers so they can also offer the same tariffs to their end clients at the same price What’s more, we have educated countless citizens on how to use the internet as part of our corporate social responsibility project, ‘Life is Simple with Internet’. To date, approximately 30 thousand people have become internet-literate and have begun implementing the internet in their daily lives thanks to this project we started in 2013. As Turk Telekom, our mission is not to just reach and match the internet penetration rate in Europe. Our main goal is ensuring that both the East and Western cities in Turkey are able to benefit from the blessings of the internet equally…

Tell us a little about the broadband market in Turkey. What is Turk Telekom doing to boost penetration rates?  As the main internet provider in Turkey, Turk Telekom provides 268 thousand kilometers of fiber infrastructure to 81 cities in Turkey. At this point, it is our responsibility to introduce as many people as we can to the internet.  While internet usage is rapidly increasing in Turkey, the broadband penetration rate is 52%, while the same rate is at 73% in Europe. Therefore, one of our most prioritized goal is to increase broadband penetration in order to ensure everyone can benefit from the internet equally. In line with this goal, we provide attractive and affordable tariffs for our citizens in line with the campaign ‘Let There Be No Homes without Internet’ started by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication Ministry in 2017. Plus, we offer this package with no profit to other internet service providers so they can also offer the same tariffs to their end clients at the same price What’s more, we have educated countless citizens on how to use the internet as part of our corporate social responsibility project, ‘Life is Simple with Internet’. To date, approximately 30 thousand people have become internet-literate and have begun implementing the internet in their daily lives thanks to this project we started in 2013. As Turk Telekom, our mission is not to just reach and match the internet penetration rate in Europe. Our main goal is ensuring that both the East and Western cities in Turkey are able to benefit from the blessings of the internet equally…

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