Turkish defense firm, mobile operators to develop domestic base station antenna

Turkey's state-run defense company ASELSAN and mobile operators Turkcell, Türk Telekom and Vodafone have cooperated to develop a base station antenna to be used for the 4.5G network.

Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan attended the signature ceremony on Jan. 26 on the sidelines of the "5G and Beyond Technologies Conference" about the use of the domestic base station antenna. 

5th Turkey Innovation Week starts in Istanbul

The 5th Turkey Innovation Week, during which dozens of innovation gurus from 10 different countries in various disciplines will meet, started on Dec. 8 in Istanbul. 

The three-day event is organized by the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) in a bid to support innovative ideas and works to strengthen sustainable development under the coordination of the Economy Ministry.

Russia's Alfa 'has right to buy Turkcell stake after Çukurova deadline passes'

Turkish holding company Çukurova did not declare an intent to buy a 13.22 percent stake in Turkcell from Russia's Alfa Telecom by a Nov. 18 court deadline, a source close to the matter told Reuters on Nov. 21. 

"No declaration was made by the Friday (deadline). Now in line with the court decision, the option of buying has moved to Alfa," the source said. 

Russia's VTB says agrees with Alfa on Turkcell joint investment

Russian bank VTB said late on Nov. 7 it had reached an agreement with Alfa Group about a joint investment in Turkey's top mobile operator Turkcell.

The announcement comes ahead of a mid-November deadline for Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman and Turkcell's founder Mehmet Emin Karamehmet to resolve a dispute over control of the Turkish company.

Turkcell says Global Tower IPO postponed, cites market risks, cyberattacks

An initial public offering (IPO) of Turkcell's infrastructure unit, Global Tower, has been postponed due to the possible market impact of the U.S. presidential election, potential U.S. interest rate moves and cyberattacks, the mobile operator said in a written statement on Oct. 24. 

Turkish phone operator develops app for Syrian refugees

Turkey's leading mobile operator Turkcell has developed a mobile application for over 3 million Syrian refugees in the country, the company said in a statement on Sept. 20.

The "Hello Hope" app aims to teach basic Turkish words and expressions both in written and spoken formats to ease the daily lives of the refugees in Turkey, the phone operator said.