MINISTER ARSLAN EVALUATED “TURKEY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR 3- MONTH MARKET DATA REPORT”
Transportation, Maritime and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan evaluated the "Turkey Electronic Communications Sector 3-Month Market Data Report" prepared by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) on the first quarter of 2017.
Arslan reminded that the number of fixed telephone service subscribers in the communication sector is 11 million by the end of 2016, and that the Machine to Machine Communication (M2M) subscriber has exceeded 4.1 million. Underlining that the number of mobile subscribers increased by 75.7 million, Arslan said, "In short, 94.9% of our population is mobile subscribers. In the first three months of 2017, Turkey ranks first among European countries as in previous periods, with an average monthly mobile usage of 413 minutes. "
4.5G SUBSCRIBERS MONTHLY USE 5.5 GIGABYTES INTERNET
Noting that the spread of 4.5G services, which used in April 1, 2016 and provided a higher mobile data rate, Minister Arslan stated “At the end of the first year, approximately 56.4 million of our citizens passed the subscription of 4,5G services. However, the number of people who actively use this service was around 22 million by the end of March, because some of our citizens’ devices or SIM cards were not compatible with the 4.5G service. Monthly average usage of mobile broadband internet subscribers is 2.5 gigabytes; while 4,5G subscriptions whose devices and SIM cards are compatible with 4,5G service usage is 5.5 gigabytes of data per month.”
WE ARE WORKING ON 5G
Minister Arslan said that fiber infrastructure and the number of fiber subscribers, which are the most important requirements for high-speed internet, have also been significantly increased. Fiber infrastructure has increased by about 9.2 percent in the last year, reaching 297,620 kilometers by the end of March 2017, and the number of fiber subscribers exceeded 2 million. Emphasizing that broadband mobile internet is growing more and more in Turkey, Arslan mentioned, "Work towards 5G, whose industrial standards are still being defined, is continuing rapidly in the international arena. We are continuing our works in this regard. In this sense, it is very important for our country to exist in this race and to be one of the countries that first met with 5G in the world.”