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Turkish Telecom Sector

Total broadband subscribers reached 87.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2021. In Turkey, fixed broadband usage has increased considerably thanks to the leadership of Türk Telekom’s infrastructural investments since 2005. Accordingly, the number of fixed broadband subscribers increased to 17.7 million. Fibre technology (FTTH/FTTB) increased by 22.8% year on year with number of subscribers reaching 4.6 million as of third quarter of 2021. Additionally, the number of xDSL subscribers was 11.3 million and there were also 1.4 million cable internet subscribers at the end of Q3’21. Compared to OECD average of 33.2% fixed broadband population penetration rate, Turkey has important growth potential with its 21.2% penetration rate.

Investments for fibre optic infrastructure have increased in the country in recent years. Türk Telekom with its 353 thousand kilometre fibre network has the widest fibre infrastructure in Turkey. Alternative operators’ fibre length was 101.9 thousand kilometre at the end of Q3’21.

On the mobile broadband side, the total number of users was 69.7 million corresponding to 83.4% population penetration rate at the end of Q3’21. Mobile broadband users via mobile phones reached 69.3 million while mobile broadband users via non-phone mobile devices were 456 thousand. Compared to OECD with average of 118.3% mobile broadband penetration rate, Turkey has important growth potential in terms of mobile broadband penetration.

The total number of mobile phone subscribers in Turkey was 86.9 million corresponding to 104.0% penetration rate at the end of Q3’21. Share of prepaid subscribers was 33% in Turkey in Q3’21, whereas it is around 28% in Europe.

On 26 August 2015, the Auction for IMT Services and Infrastructures Authorisation was held by ICTA. Excluding VAT, total auction fee for 365.4 MHz of spectrum across 18 packages in 5 separate frequency bands (800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz) was EUR 3,356 mn. Following the auction, the current frequency allocated to mobile operators increased from 184 MHz to 549 MHz. Operators launched IMT services as of 1 April 2016. At the end of Q3’21, number of active LTE subscribers in Turkey reached 58.7 million.

There were 12.3 million fixed voice subscribers corresponding to 14.7% penetration rate in Turkey at the end of Q3’21. Given the average household size of 3.3, in Turkey a significant portion of the population uses fixed voice services.​

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