Turkcell Brings the Future of Education to Turkey with Its Massive Open Online Course Platform

  Turkcell Brings the Future of Education to Turkey with Its Massive Open
  Online Course Platform

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ISTANBUL -- January 14, 2014

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Turkcell's CEO Sureyya Ciliv introduced Turkcell Academy, the ambitious
digital education project of ...

Turkcell's CEO Sureyya Ciliv introduced Turkcell Academy, the ambitious
digital education project of Turkcell, with a press conference in Istanbul
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Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) the leading telecommunications and technology
company of Turkey, is breaking new ground in education. Turkcell Academy,
which was founded in 2006 to train Turkcell’s employees, has gone digital,
making enriched high-quality video content available to the public.

Turkcell’s brand new Academy will make digital learning available to 35
million Turkcell customers and to the general public with more than 2000
videos that span a wide range of issues in 5 categories:
Innovation-Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Business World, Technology and Learn
with Khan Academy, which provides courses on the basics of sciences and
finance.

Cooperation with world leaders in education…

Turkcell Academy not only provides original content, developed by Turkcell,
but also serves as a platform to make the global repertoire of digital
learning available to Turkcell customers and to the public. One of the most
distinctive features of this pioneering work is the cooperation with the
prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT’s innovation training
videos are already available to Turkcell Academy’s online visitors with
Turkish subtitles. Turkcell Academy is currently working on carrying the
content of Open Courseware and EdX as well as cooperating with Turkish
universities.

A global pioneer…

This groundbreaking initiative is one of the very few global examples where a
private company, which does not function in the field of education, makes
education resources available to the public. Distinguishing its Academy from
its peers, Turkcell chose not to limit the content of its education videos to
its core business. Furthermore, with its existing customer base of more than
35 million customers and its unique infrastructure as Turkey’s leading
communications and technology company, Turkcell is truly capable of reaching
millions of people, providing both the content and the means to access it
through seamless, high quality user experience.

Closing the knowledge gap…

“4 years ago, as we introduced 3G to Turkey, we had a dream: People would be
able to reach information from everywhere, there would be a complete equality
of opportunity in terms of accessing information. Today, we are happy to take
a further step in making that dream come true. The content of the Turkcell
Academy has been prepared to meet the needs of the general public – we not
only digitalized our own know-how that we have accumulated since 2006, but we
also cooperated with world leaders in education to make cutting-edge knowledge
available to our people in Turkish language. The doors of this academy are
open to everyone, especially Turkcell’s own customers.” said Turkcell’s CEO
Sureyya Ciliv at the launching of the digitalized Turkcell Academy.

Dr. Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s Director of Digital Learning, also participated in the
launch. “We are in a very unique place in time and space. Ideas colliding with
other ideas are unleashing a level of creativity that was not possible 10
years ago. What has changed is the interconnectivity of the world – you can be
a part of the idea collider wherever you are. The individual has become
powerful, a primary source in world economy. This is the area that Turkcell
and MIT are working on through their partnership. At MIT, we are very excited
about this - Turkcell has a dynamic leadership that is looking at these new
trends. It is a connectivity company, it lets us connect. Finally, we want to
learn from Turkey, it is one of the most dynamic economies in the world.” said
Dr. Sarma in his address to the participants of the press conference in
Istanbul.

Turkcell Academy’s online courses are available to millions of people –
everyone who visits the site www.turkcell.com.tr/akademi will be able to reach
a limited number of videos, while more than 35 million Turkcell customers will
have access to the entire site for free when they log in with their passwords.

ABOUT TURKCELL: Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company
in Turkey, with 35.0 million subscribers as of September 30, 2013. Turkcell is
a leading regional player, with market leadership in five of the nine
countries in which it operates with its approximately 70.7 million subscribers
as of September 30, 2013. 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 Dual Carrier technology, and is continuously working to provide the
latest technology to its customers. 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 June 30, 2013, Turkcell’s population coverage is at 99.35% in 2G and
85.43% in 3G. Turkcell reported TRY3.0 billion (US$1.5 billion) in revenues
with total assets of TRY20.5 billion (US$10.1 billion) as of September 30,
2013. 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 www.turkcell.com.tr

You can now follow the most up-to-date Turkcell developments on twitter by
clicking on the link below.
http://twitter.com/TurkcellNews

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Contact:

Hande Asik, Tel: + 90-532-910-6471
International Media Relations
Turkcell Corporate Communications
Email: hande.asik@turkcell.com.tr
or
Duygu Nergiz, Tel: +90-212-329-8080
Head of Strategy & Client Relations
Edelman Turkey
Email:Duygu.nergiz@edelman.com
 
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