TURKCELL ILETISIM A.S
GSM-based mobile communication started in Turkey when Turkcell started its operations in February 1994. Turkcell signed a 25-year GSM license contract on April 27, 1998 with the Ministry of Transportation of Turkey. Since then, it has continuously increased the variety of its services based on mobile audio and data communication, its quality levels and as a result, number of subscribers. As of March 31, 2008, Turkcell has made 7,4 billion US dollars worth of investment in Turkey, which doesn’t include the price of the license. Again as of March 31, 2008, with its 35,1 million subscribers, Turkcell is not only the leading operator in Turkey, but is also the third biggest GSM operator in Europe in terms of subscriber numbers.
Turkcell has investments in foreign countries as well. Turkcell’s participations in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Moldova through Fintur, has reached 11,6 million subscribers as of March 31, 2008 and its participation in Northern Cyprus has hit 300 thousand subscribers. The Astelit company that Turkcell holds the majority shares of in Ukraine, started its operations in February 2005 with its brand life:) . Life:) has reached 9,4 million subscribers as of March 31, 2008.
Turkcell, with its wide coverage area and its large variety of services abroad is able to provide its subscribers with mobile communication services in Turkey and around the world. With its investments, Turkcell now covers all the settlements in Turkey that have a population of more than 3000. As of October 06, 2008, Turkcell has signed contracts with 590 operators in 200 countries, ranking it among the top operators in the world in terms of provision of international services. Turkcell also ranks among the top operators in terms of GPRS roaming, with contracts signed with 340 operators from 137 countries.