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Türk Telekom has accelerated its fiber investments. Türk Telekom CEO Ümit Önal, who stated that he is continuing his work in 81 provinces in Turkey, announced that it has reached the 92% level in the first quarter of 2022 and has now completed the fiber transformation of the Historic Peninsula in Istanbul. The work carried out in the Historic Peninsula was shared with a group of journalists at a press conference held in a restaurant in the Topkapi Palace. Pointing out that Türk Telekom is the fiber power that digitizes Turkey from end to end, Önal said: “According to our results for the first quarter of 2022, we are present with fiber in the streets of 92% of households in Turkey. We continue to increase our investments in line with our strategic plans to bring fiber to the building. Türk Telekom has taken up much of the distance that needs to be covered by fiber alone. Türk Telekom’s infrastructure is Turkey’s infrastructure. Fiber means Turk Telekom in Turkey. The key point for the development of Turkey and the industry is to build the infrastructure to support 5G and beyond next generation technologies. We live up to that responsibility with every step we take towards the fixed internet infrastructure we have established and expanded, and we take our people’s internet access even further by constantly improving it.”



Stating that they fiber the entire Historic Peninsula, which is home to Istanbul’s historic-smelling neighborhoods, Önal said: “It is in the nature of the business to bring fiber to new settlements while they are under construction. The important thing is to use ancient settlements, such as the Peninsula, which have a long history and are much more difficult to excavate. We did just that. The fiber now passes under the roads you walked on on your way here. I can proudly say that we have fiberized 100 percent of the Historic Peninsula. In addition, this includes the Grand Bazaar, which for centuries has been considered the heart of Istanbul’s commerce and tourism.”



Önal stated that he is moving towards the goal of a Turkey that is technologically self-sufficient and exports technology to other countries, and said: “We have taken our president’s goal on increasing internet speeds and expanding fiber as our homework, with a great motivation in the fibratization of Turkey, we are working. In line with this purpose, we increased our fiber network, which was 304 thousand kilometers at the end of 2019, to 372 thousand kilometers, growing 22.3% from the first quarter of 2022. We increased our domestic fiber coverage, which was from 21.9 million at the end of 2019 to 30.6 million covering 92% of Turkey in Q1 2022. Our residential fiber coverage to over 9 million homes/buildings (FTTH/B) in Q1 continues to grow quickly.”



“According to the 2022 Ftth Council report, more than half of households in Turkey have fiber infrastructure. When we look at it from a population density-indexed perspective, we are on the streets of 92% of them. In other words, on our conversion journey in Turkey, there was an average of 250 meters of fiber conversion between the box on the street and the building. Let me comment on the figure of 8-10 billion dollars, they used to say 15 billion dollars before, now they say 8-10 billion dollars. The remaining investment in fibratization in Turkey can be made with 1.5 billion dollars”, he said.

'historic' fiber operation



Speaking about the joint infrastructure company, Önal said:

“We see that the most common model that guarantees the use of fiber investments by all operators in the world, especially in countries where the European acquis is implemented, is the use of the infrastructure of the incumbent operator. It does not seem meaningful to us to look for another solution instead of a model that has been successfully implemented for almost 30 years and has many examples of this, and whose legal framework was designed by BTK in our country. If another model is desired, it will be sufficient to respect the infrastructure leasing protocol signed by all operators. Who will put what on the table for the joint infrastructure company? Companies that should transfer their infrastructure to the state because of their current licenses think they are avoiding the transfer of that infrastructure because they made their investments under their subsidiaries with other commercial titles. What will happen? Will they present the investments they made in other commercial companies, which they keep away from the state’s focus, as if they were their own infrastructure, that they have to return licenses to the state under normal circumstances, and say, “We have this infrastructure , let’s be partners”? Already the state. It’s a little weird to build an infrastructure that you’re about to give back to the state under other companies and then say ‘this is our capital, we want to be a partner of that infrastructure’. The regulations and determinations of regulatory bodies do not seem to allow for that. Therefore, in the current situation, we are discussing the creation of a joint infrastructure company for a Turkey, a significant part of which is already fibered, with the required investment of 1.5 billion dollars for the remainder and for the fiber delivered up to 250 meters for buildings.”

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