Turkey’s leading telecom company Turkcell is all set to launch 4.5G aka LTE-Advanced across 81 cities in the country on 1 April 2016. The operator completed the network upgrade work 10 days ahead of the schedule. For the network upgrade, Turkcell worked with worldwide leaders Ericsson and Huawei.
The upgraded networks will provide customers a download speed of 390Mbps in the city of Samsun, 321MBps in Adana, 347MBps in Izmir, 350MBps in Istanbul, and 354MBps in Erzurum. Initially, Turkcell will deploy 1800MHz due to its wide terminal support, followed by bolstering coverage through 800MHz and capacity through 2.6GHz.
“We have invested heavily in the spectrum auction held on 26 August in order to bring the fastest mobile internet to our customers all over Turkey … Today we are able to announce that the Turkcell network is ready for 4.5G in 81 cities ten days ahead of schedule,” said Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioglu.
For the press conference marking the completion of network upgrade, five top management executives of Turkcell undertook live broadcasts and network speed tests in various parts of the country.
Vodafone Turkey and Turk Telekom are the two other operators who have confirmed 1 April 2016 as their launch date for 4.5G. This marks three telecom companies launching the service simultaneously in the country.