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argelaYear of Establishment: 2004

Business Segment: IT Product % Software Services

Türk Telekom Share: 100%

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Argela offers the solutions and products it has developed to telecom operators in the global market, and to telecom companies, along with the public and defence industry organisations in Turkey.

Argela was established in 2004 and joined Türk Telekom in 2007. The Company is headquartered in İstanbul and has offices in Ankara and İzmir. Argela also has a subsidiary (Netsia), which was established in Sunnyvale, the USA in 2008 and operates in Silicon Valley. Together with Netsia, Argela conducts the R&D and innovation activities for next generation telecommunication technologies, and develops technology, products and intellectual property for 5G.

Argela offers the solutions and products it has developed to telecom operators in the global market and to telecom companies, along with the public and defense industry organisations in Turkey.

Argela continued its activities to increase its recognition abroad and expand its customer portfolio in 2020. It developed business partnerships in a number of countries such as the USA, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, the UK, Germany and Taiwan.

Argela creates added value both in Turkey and in the world with patent applications and intellectual property it has developed in the USA regarding next generation telecommunications technologies and 5G technologies in particular. With the sales and cooperation agreement it has signed with Juniper Networks Inc., Argela has further advanced its position as a technology and patent generating player to a new level, as a company which markets its products and converts them into financial value.

A wide range of solutions for the high-tech needs for today and tomorrow

In addition to its innovative solutions in the field of telecommunications, Argela develops strategic projects in cooperation with defence industry organisations in Turkey. The first phase of the Fourth Generation Communication System Development (ULAK) Project, which was signed between the Company and the Presidency of Defence Industry in 2013, was successfully completed.

Argelas solution portfolio includes programmable base station solutions (vRAN), software defined networks, network performance monitoring, subscriber analytics, customer satisfaction management, LTE base stations solutions, software-defined fixed network access solutions and applications such as SEBA (SDN Enabled).

Argela and its subsidiary, Netsia, take an active role in BBF, 3GPP, GSMA, the Small Cell Forum and the Silicon Valley based ONF (Open Networking Foundation), which include the world’s leading companies operating worldwide, and play a leadership role in directing technology and open-source development. In addition to these activities, the Company carries out joint projects with many universities and companies within the scope of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 and Celtic projects. Argela, which has contributed to technological development of Turkey through these efforts, also receives funding for R&D activities with EU support.

Argela’s collaboration with a number of universities in Turkey includes next-generation projects such as 5G, software-defined networks, virtualisation of network functions, cyber security, self-organizing mobile networks and big data processing.

vRAN - Leading solution in the next generation RAN Technologies

Argela, with the contribution of its subsidiary Netsia, continued to develop the vRAN (Software Defined and Sliceable Virtualised Radio Access Network) project, by building on the ProgRAN technology, which was successfully tested by many leading telecom operators in the international arena. With the vRAN technology, the Company targets the creation of a Radio Access Network, where some main or all basic band functions are separated from the remote radio unit and run as VNFs (Virtualised Network Function) on ready-made hardware.

With this approach, vRAN provides a wide array of operational benefits, including reductions in the total cost of ownership, increased performance and scalability. One common feature of the software-defined systems is the logical centralisation of network intelligence. By targeting this critical area, Argela and Netsia are developing O-RAN compliant RIC (Smart RAN Controller) and the RAN Network Slice Subnet Management Function (RAN NSSMF). In addition, the Company held partnership talks with a number of 5G radio manufacturers in 2020.

Argela has been part of the O-RAN consortium for many years with the aim of including the technologies owned by its subsidiary Netsia into the 5G standards. As a result of these efforts, in 2020, Netsia has begun to lead 5G standards as the head of the O-RAN slicing group and the co-chair of the working group on the use cases.

To date, the vRAN testing platform has been installed in the laboratories of Telefonica in Spain, Verizon in the US, Orange in France and KDDI in Japan. In November 2020, as an important success for the vRAN project, Türk Telekom and Netsia signed a sales and cooperation agreement with Juniper Networks Inc. Juniper Networks, one of the industry’s leading companies in network equipment and solutions, operates in more than 150 countries. With this agreement, Argela/Netsia’s know-how and product development capacity are expected to increase significantly as it joins forces with Juniper’s customer network and geographical reach.

Future broadband access technology SEBA+ for fixed networks

Argela and Netsia develop solutions for mobile operators as well as fixed internet providers. Actively involved in technology groups established within the ONF, Argela and Netsia lead the SEBA Reference Design team and thus contribute to SEBA’s product development and the enrichment of the offered features.

On behalf of Türk Telekom, a Member of the Board of Directors of the ONF (the Open Networking Foundation), Argela and Netsia support the Open Source SEBA project, in which companies such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and NTT are contributors. Netsia, which is one of the five members of the SEBA Board of Directors, has been representing the Türk Telekom Group on the ONF Technical Board of Directors since 2018.

Argela and Netsia aim to achieve a world-leading commercial product by carrying out their own work on this joint project. The solution, which will carry the name of Netsia SEBA+, aims to achieve the software-defined management of today’s passive optical network (PON), a fixed broadband access technology. The developed management system is based on the frontier cloud data centre. This will allow cloud/ICT, which has been used in information technologies for years, to be used in the switch offices of telecom operators.

At the same time, Netsia has been a member of the Broadband Forum (BBF) since 2019. Virtualised fibre network solutions around the world are shaped around two main organisations. One is the ONF, which Netsia has already been working with closely, while the other is the BBF. While the ONF is mainly active in ready-made open source software, the BBF, which has a large number of members worldwide, is more active in terms of standards. Netsia closely follows the developments in these two fields and aims to combine the strengths of both organisations technically.

While many leading operators in their 5G roadmap and their architectural plans believe that the capacity and speed requirements needed for mobile access, will be achieved through fixed access infrastructure on the frontier cloud, Argela and Netsia plan to play a leading role among operators in the first field installations of SEBA in this context and achieve acclaim around the world.

Argela continues to add value to its domestic and international customers with NPM/CEM, one of its 100% domestic solutions

While serving Türk Telekom in Turkey, Argela has continued its efforts to sell its NPM (Network Performance Monitoring) and CEM (Customer Experience Management) products abroad. Argela continued to expand its geographical reach while adding value to its customers in 2020. Argela, which won the NPM/CEM tender opened by Ethio Telecom (Ethiopia), one of Africa’s largest mobile operators, aims to begin acceptance tests in April 2021. The Company, which achieved a major success in 2019 by winning the tender opened by Azercell, Azerbaijan’s leading operator, successfully passed acceptance tests and use of the product began.

Argela’s NPM solution enables fixed and wireless service providers to monitor the end-to-end network performance, detailed customer behaviour and service quality and to maintain it at a certain performance level. For this purpose, signal and data probes have been developed for a number of protocols in the mobile, fixed and IP networks.

The NPM solution enables efficient use of network resources through end-to-end and real-time monitoring of the network via its real-time running probes.

The CEM solution provides meaningful analysis and behavioural information regarding customers experience in networks, such as voice, data access, data usage and messaging. This solution, which allows operators to observe their customer activity at an individual level in real time, is used for advanced analysis and, to accelerate and improve customer service.

Fourth Generation Communication System Development (ULAK) Project

For the first time in 2013, Argela moved to a sector outside of telecommunication, and was selected as the contractor of Presidency of Defence Industries’ Ulak Project, the idea of which was developed by Argela.

Within the scope of Phase-1 of the project, Argela locally developed and successfully delivered all hardware and software components of fourth generation mobile communication technology base stations, together with other stakeholders NETAŞ and ASELSAN. The first series of the LTE technology base stations developed within the scope of the project were commissioned in Kars in May 2018.

With the delivery of the Phase-1 of the ULAK Project, the ULAK Base Stations were commissioned in the field within the scope of the Evrensel Project. The Phase-2 developments of Version-3, which began at the end of 2018, have been completed, and Version-4 activities are ongoing.

As of the end of November 2020, ULAK Base Stations have been operating on a total of 754 Evrensel sites, 467 in the Evrensel Phase-1 and 287 in the Evrensel Phase-2, and on a total of 619 commercial sites, 159 of which are owned by Türk Telekom. Within the scope of the project, activation activities for 182 ULAK Base Stations are ongoing.

Argela continues its investments to expand domestic and national solutions

Argela contributes significantly to the localisation of the technologies used in Turkey. At the beginning of 2019, Argela became a shareholder of Otak A.Ş., established by Turkish companies, with a 20% stake. Otak A.Ş. has started to work on producing domestic DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) device.

This work, progressing under the DEFINE Project, will involve the development of software which has the ability to work in both active and passive modes, can be used in public and commercial communication transmission networks, offers enhanced security features, will analyse traffic in detail on a package basis, will produce traffic-related metadata and will direct the desired content to other devices. ​​​

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