Year of Establishment: 2004
Business Segment: IT Product % Software Services
Türk Telekom Share: 100%
Web Site: www.argela.com
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
Argela’s 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
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
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
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
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)
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.