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Turkey’s first live 5G trial performed by Turkcell and Samsung

Turkey’s first live 5G trial performed by Turkcell and Samsung

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From left: Turkcell CTO, Gediz Sezgin; President of Samsung Electronics Turkey, Dae Hyun Kim; Istanbul Technical University President Prof., Dr. Mehmet Karac; Turkcell CEO, Kaan Terzioglu; Head of Samsung Networks Europe, Thomas Riedel. (Photo: Business Wire)

Turkcell, striving for Turkey to be one of the first countries to use 5G, and Samsung, offering 5G solutions, organised an event to experience live 5G in Turkey. Guests of the event had the opportunity to witness live 5G for the first time in the experience zones of UHD Live Streaming, Cloud Gaming, 360 degree Camera and VR streaming by using Samsung’s 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solutions, combined with the superior infrastructure of Turkcell.

During his speech at the event, Turkcell’s CEO, Kaan Terzioglu, said: “As Turkey’s Turkcell, we are proud to be a pioneer in several fields concerning 5G. We reached record speeds in one of the world’s first 5G tests which took place under the roof of Turkcell. To lay the groundwork for Turkey to be a major player in the field we are engaged in scientific cooperation with universities and are collaborating with the world’s technology giants, all aimed at making Turkey one of the first countries to implement 5G. We have gained valuable experience in infrastructure and product deployment, service development, making network improvements and offering the latest technologies by cooperating with global players. The live 5G experience that we experience today is the concrete example of the MoU we signed with Samsung in South Korea in February. With 5G, we have shown that the latest generation of high-speed wireless access is now possible for our customers. Our goal is clear: to make Turkey one of the first countries in the world with 5G technology. Turkcell established the fastest mobile network of the world in Istanbul.

“5G is a historic opportunity for Turkey. It doesn’t just happen to be a communication technology, but is a total transformation – the digitisation of sectors such as automotive, agriculture, health and the transformation of Industry 4.0.”

During his speech, Dae Hyun Kim, President of Samsung Electronics Turkey, said: “We are happy to contribute to Turkey’s efforts to embrace the state-of-the-art technologies through initiatives like this one which we successfully put into practice in partnership with Turkcell. We took an important step together with Turkcell in providing the end-users in Turkey with our leading 5G technologies, which will be further developed by means of our global investments.”

Turkcell’s CTO, Gediz Sezgin, said: “We are one of the world’s leading operators and we are trying to provide a better network experience with the technologies of the future. When setting up our 4.5G infrastructure, we thought about the future of 5G and set up a compatible system. Our superior infrastructure makes 5G possible in our country. Through collaborations with technology giants like Samsung, we will continue our efforts on the commercialisation of next-generation technologies and 5G in Turkey.”

Istanbul Technical University President Professor, Dr Mehmet Karaca, commented: “As technology changes and transforms, our lives transform as well. The ones who have the data and can analyse it are leading the world. When we look at the growth of companies, the largest companies today are the telecommunication companies. We stand together with two of the largest companies in the world. Our university is focusing on research projects on infrastructure and latest technological innovations. We are honoured to contribute to this project as Istanbul Technical University along with Turkcell and Samsung.”

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