Turkish Telecom Sector
Total broadband subscribers reached 91.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2022. 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 18.8 million. Fibre technology (FTTH/FTTB) increased by 19.0% year on year with number of subscribers reaching 5.5 million as of third quarter of 2022. Additionally, the number of xDSL subscribers was 11.3 million and there were also 1.4 million cable internet subscribers at the end of Q3’22. Compared to OECD average of 34.4% fixed broadband population penetration rate, Turkey has important growth potential with its 22.2% penetration rate.
Investments for fibre optic infrastructure have increased in the country in recent years. Türk Telekom with its 389 thousand kilometre fibre network has the widest fibre infrastructure in Turkey. Alternative operators’ fibre length was 109.2 thousand kilometre at the end of Q3’22.
On the mobile broadband side, the total number of users was 72.6 million corresponding to 85.7% population penetration rate at the end of Q3’22. Mobile broadband users via mobile phones reached 71.9 million while mobile broadband users via non-phone mobile devices were 645 thousand. Compared to OECD with average of 124.5% 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 90.8 million corresponding to 107.2% penetration rate at the end of Q3’22. Share of prepaid subscribers was 32% in Turkey in Q3’22, 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 Q3’22, number of active LTE subscribers in Turkey reached 64.3 million.
There were 11.5 million fixed voice subscribers corresponding to 13.8% penetration rate in Turkey at the end of Q3’22. Given the average household size of 3.2, in Turkey a significant portion of the population uses fixed voice services.