Business Segment: Wholesale and Data Capacity Provider
Türk Telekom Share: 100%
Web Site: www.turktelekomint.com
Türk Telekom International is the Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. Group company in charge of International Data, Internet, Fiber Optic Infrastructure, Wholesale Voice, and Mobile Roaming activities and operations. Acquired by the Group in 2010, the company had operated as Pantel International, before being rebranded as Türk Telekom International (TTI) on May 1, 2013.
Headquartered in Budapest- Hungary, Türk Telekom International operates via its subsidiaries in 17 countries. It offers the following services to fixed and mobile telecommunications operators, international alternative infrastructure operators, domestic and overseas internet service providers and corporate enterprises located in more than 40 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, the Caucasus Region, Central and South Asia and the Far East:
- Full range of internet and data communication,
- IP Transit service,
- Network planning and applications,
- Integrated networking operations,
- Fiber optic infrastructure and access,
- International and local voice wholesale services,
- Management of roaming and services,
- Overseas Information Technologies and
- Customer management from a single center
Thanks to a fiber optic network that exceeds 40 thousand km predominantly in Central and Eastern Europe, Türk Telekom International provides a major contribution to Turkey’s and Türk Telekom’s goal of becoming a telecoms bridge and data hub between Europe and Asia, while strengthening the country’s global standing in the industry. The Company offers internet and IP services to numerous operators and companies via 72 PoP’s in 22 countries. In addition to providing communication services and products to overseas companies and operators, the Company carries Türk Telekom’s international data and internet communications at a capacity of 7 Terabytes per second.
In 2017, the Company reinforced its position as the region’s dominant player supported by the power of globally recognized Türk Telekom brand and via expanding towards Eurasia and widening its product portfolio. The Company is expanding its sphere of activity through new business partnership projects aimed at obtaining a significant share in the digitized world and offering diversified products to its customers.
Türk Telekom International became a full member in the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium of 19 leading operators for the fifth generation international submarine fiber optic cable line of the SEA-ME-WE System. The SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable system, officially launched in Istanbul in February 2017, and extending from Singapore to Marseilles, covers a distance of 20,000 kilometers. The first land connection point of the system in Europe is Marmaris. The Marmaris Land Station provides access to İstanbul, Edirne, other cities in western Turkey and Turkey’s border connections via Türk Telekom and Türk Telekom International’s fiber optic networks, and to European PoP’s via Türk Telekom International’s fiber networks in Europe. It also provides a route with full back up to the SEA-ME-WE-5 cable system as it passes through the Mediterranean. The first activations over this route were realized in 2017 and traffic began to be transferred to the new cable system.
New Routes and Connections between Europe and Asia
TASIM: The terrestrial based telecommunication link with minimum latency between Europe and Asia extends from Turkey to China. Consortium works have reached a certain stage regarding technical and trade details pertaining to the TASIM (Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway) route to China, which passes through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, the Caspian Sea and Kazakhstan. In addition to offering high quality, fast alternatives between Europe and Asia, this Project will also provide connections to Caucasian, Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries.
AMEERS: AMEERS is a land fiber optic network consortium project jointly created by Middle Eastern operators and Türk Telekom International. The project has established a high quality, secure and fast route between Europe and the Middle East. The route first connected Frankfurt to Dubai, and was subsequently extended to Singapore with the participation of new members to the consortium.
Multiplying Turkey’s internet exit points and trajectories
In order to limit the impact of internet malfunctions arising from human error or natural catastrophes, Türk Telekom International worked on the multiplication of its network’s border exit points and routes throughout 2017. A new exit point was added to existing ones along the Bulgarian border in early 2017. In addition, a new exit point was installed on the Greek border, with connections to alternative routes beyond. In order to enable the Med- Türk submarine cable, which starts in İstanbul, to carry a higher internet capacity, its technological infrastructure is being upgraded.
New Products and Services
In 2017, the Company carried out projects for geographic expansion and the backing up of its existing routes in Turkey, and also undertook efforts and investments on the IP products side to transform Turkey into a center of attraction in International Data. The objective of these efforts is to ensure that international content companies can access Istanbul over Türk Telekom International’s infrastructure and can store their data there, starting from the first quarter of 2018. Those content companies who tap into this service will store their data in data centers within Turkey, and thus will no longer have to take this data beyond Turkey and then bring it back in. As such, TT Group’s customers will enjoy a much faster internet experience.
At the Global Carrier Awards, organized by Capacity Magazine and viewed as the most prestigious award wholesale telecommunication services, Türk Telekom International was granted awards in two categories, namely “Best Carrier in Eastern Europe and the CIS Region” and “Best Customer Testimony”. “Best Carrier in Eastern Europe and CIS Region” title was granted to Türk Telekom International, in recognition of its innovative and visionary development strategy, and extraordinary performance across the European wholesales telecoms market. “Best Customer Testimony” award, on the other hand, is a reflection of the international wholesales telecoms community’s appreciation of Türk Telekom International, which has been providing the best service to customers with different needs and expectations in a wide geography and achieving continuous growth through new partnerships and a pioneering approach in past years. In addition, the SEA-ME-WE-5 cable system received the “Best Subsea Innovation” award. TTI was deemed worthy of The Bizz award by the World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB).