Turkcell Pushes Button for Domestic Smart Phone: Code Name: Gebze

      Turkcell Pushes Button for Domestic Smart Phone: Code Name: Gebze

  PR Newswire

  ISTANBUL, February 26, 2013

ISTANBUL, February 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Turkcell (NYSE:TKC ,  ISE: TCELL) , Turkey's leading communications and
technology company Turkcell has announced its kick-starting of the first local
smartphone, codenamed "Gebze" (the name of the city where Turkcell's R&D
center Turkcell Technology currently operates) , which will be the product of
Turkish Designers and Engineers, both in terms of design and software.

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Following the success of its own branded T-Series smart phones, Turkcell has
pushed the button for its local smartphone Gebze, which will be develop by
Turkcell's 700-employee R&D center Turkcell Technology. The Gebze is targeted
for export, initially to regional countries, thereby contributing to the
easing of the current account deficit in the approximate amount of TRY500,000
for each 1 million units sold. The smart phone, equipped with features such
as an interface unique to Turkcell, hardware developed based on the latest
technologies and tailored for the needs of Turkish customers', as well as rich
application content will be offered at prices affordable for all. Turkcell's
local smartphone is expected to meet the end user in 2013.  

Announcing a milestone for the Turkish telecommunications sector at a press
conference at the Mobile World Congress ("MWC") 2013, in Barcelona, Spain,
with the participation of Turkey's Minister of Transport, Marina Affairs and
Communications Binali Yildirim, Qualcomm Senior VP & President of Europe
Enrico Salvatori, and Turkcell CEO Sureyya Ciliv; Turkcell also signed an
agreement with Qualcomm, one of the world's leading mobile technology
companies. With this cooperation, Turkcell will be able to participate in
joint R&D activities with Qualcomm.

Commenting during the Press Conference Minister of Transport, Marina Affairs
and Communications Binali Yildirim said: "R&D has always been of importance
for countries. We completed our studies on regulating R&D activities with
regards to the Information and Communications sector in 2012. During these
studies, we aimed to produce a local product and create a brand. With this
purpose in mind, we support software and hardware projects in the sector for
free. Indeed, our studies in R&D and local contribution to production have
started to bear fruit. One of them is Turkcell's. And today, we have come
one step closer to our target. I congratulate Turkcell for this and thank
everybody who put their effort and contribution into the development phase of
this project."

Turkcell CEO Sureyya Ciliv commented that "Our T Series smartphones, which we
launched in an attempt to provide equal opportunities to information access,
have been a great success, with sales of over 750,000 units. We also launched
our first "Turkcell Tablet" a short while ago. We are both honored and happy
to announce this development, which is a milestone for our sector, as well as
for Turkcell, at the very heart of mobile communications, namely MWC. With
our Gebze smartphone, we aim to lead and encourage other sector players to
manufacture in Turkey, thereby positively contributing to the current account
deficit. Indeed, it is possible to ensure that TRY500 million remains in
Turkey's pocket for each 1 million units of local smartphones sold. We thank
our Minister Mr. Binali Yıldırım and global giant Qualcomm for their support
and cooperation on this exciting journey."

Qualcomm Senior VP & President of Europe Enrico Salvatori pointed out the fact
that this partnership of two industry leaders marked an important development
not just for Turkey, but also for other countries in the region. He went on to
say that "As part of this cooperation, Turkcell will be able to utilize
advanced features on the Qualcomm chipset and develop applications unique to
Turkish users. When considering Turkcell's technology and innovation focus,
we clearly see that these qualities are the major factors of its brand


Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in  Turkey , 
with 35.1 million subscribers as of December 31 ,  2012. Turkcell is a
leading regional player ,  with market leadership in five of the nine
countries in which it operates with its approximately 69.2 million subscribers
as of December 31 ,  2012. It has become one of the first among the global
operators to have implemented HSPA+. It has achieved up to 43.2 Mbps speed
using the Dual Carrier technology ,  and is continuously working to provide
the latest technology to its customers ,  e.g. 84 Mbps in the near future.
Turkcell Superonline ,  a wholly owned subsidiary of Turkcell ,  is the one
and only telecom operator to offer households fiber broadband connection at
speeds of up to 1 , 000 Mbps in  Turkey . As of December 31 ,  2012 , 
Turkcell population coverage is at 99.17% in 2G and 84.02% in 3G. Turkcell
reported a TRY10.5 billion (US$5.9 billion) revenue with total assets of
TRY18.7 billion (US$10.5 billion) as of December 31 ,  2012. It has been
listed on the NYSE and the ISE since July 2000 ,  and is the only NYSE-listed
company in  Turkey . Read more at http://www.turkcell.com.tr


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