ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Turkcell, the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, announced the results of a study of mobile internet speeds by IRIS Telecom, the independent measurement and wireless telecom company.
Fifteen mobile operators, which provide services in at least one of Turkey, France, Germany and the UK were analyzed and Turkcell was ranked number 1 among these in terms of 'average mobile internet speed.'
The tests were conducted in April and May 2010 in Paris, Berlin, London, Istanbul, Diyarbakir and Trabzon. Both drive test and stationary measurements were carried out on urban roads and in shopping centers, tourist sites, airports, and other places where the operators offer their services. These tests confirmed that Turkcell's upload and download speeds were higher than the other 14 operators.
For instance, IRIS found that during drive test measurements in Istanbul Turkcell's download speed was 2.53 times faster when compared to O2 UK in London, which had highest file download performance among the 12 European operators tested, and 1.55 times faster when compared to O2 Germany in Berlin, which had the highest file upload performance among the 12 European operators tested.
Accordingly, Turkcell was certified by IRIS Telecom as having the Fastest Average Mobile Internet Speed among the operators tested in Turkey, France, the UK and Germany.
Johan Bruce, IRIS Telecom chairman, noted: "We compared the test results we had from Berlin, London and Paris with the test results we conducted in three cities of Turkey. As a result, we have found that Turkcell has the highest average data speed out of all the operators we analyzed. We congratulate Turkcell on its investment in its network, which has clearly been very effective and positions Turkcell favorably in a European context."
Ilter Terzioglu, Turkcell's Chief Network Operations Officer, added: "We are proud to deliver the fastest average mobile internet speed among the 15 operators tested. Our leadership in mobile internet speed in Turkey was recognised earlier in the year when an independent ranking and audit company conducted tests in Istanbul and confirmed that Turkcell's 3G speed reached 42.2 MBPS. These results demonstrate how fast our internet speed is on a wider European level."
Terzioglu also noted that Turkcell invested TRY2.2 billion in Turkey in 2009 and will continue to invest in its network to maintain its leadership and quality. "Our commitment to quality continues and our 3G subscriber base is growing significantly, up from 4.5 million at the end of 2009 to 5.2 million at the end of March 2010," he said.