Innovator Profile: Turkcell

By Mustafa Ercan
Expert Product & Investment Engineer,
Access Network Capabilities, Turkcell

By Emre Bilgehan Gedik
Expert Product & Investment Engineer,
Access Network Capabilities, Turkcell


Turkcell is a digital operator headquartered in Turkey, serving its customers with its unique portfolio of digital services along with voice, messaging, data and IPTV services on its mobile and fixed networks. Turkcell Group companies operate in 8 countries – Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Germany, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Moldova. Turkcell launched LTE services in its home country on April 1st, 2016, employing LTE-Advanced and 3 carrier aggregation technologies in 81 cities. In 2G and 3G, Turkcell’s population coverage in Turkey is at 99.59% and 97.98%, respectively, as of June 2018. Turkcell offers up to 10 Gbps fibre internet speed with its fibre to the home (FTTH) services. Turkcell Group reported TRY5.1 billion revenue in Q218 with total assets of TRY41.0 billion as of June 30, 2018. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000 and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey.

As part of the Future Networks Programme, Network Economics workstream, a series of case studies have been developed, exploring areas where Operators can potentially reduce their Operational Expenditure (OpEx) and Capital Expenditure (CapEX). Turkcell’s case study focuses on both the challenges and optimization delivered by Turkcell in their network transformation projects.

The case study centres around 3 key innovations: Direct Current (DC) power systems, acclimatisation solutions and generators. These requirements were focused on as the most important parts of site infrastructure for holistic infrastructure management. Intelligent infrastructure has been enabled through the transformation of legacy equipment with cost-effective solutions and sensors developed in-house by Turkcell. Investment and deployment of hardware have been done based on actual requirements to provide remote management capabilities.

Following site deployments, tailor-made and future-proof software platform solutions were created with local infrastructure management partners. The following capabilities making remote infrastructure monitoring and management possible have been identified and produced:

  • Information about site power infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Automatic corrective actions by the management system to increase energy and operational efficiency
  • Reports about infrastructure power capacity utilization, temperature distribution and battery performance.

Using the information gathered and reports compiled by infrastructure management platforms, investment decisions became more informed, precise temperature management was achieved, and power system and battery dimensioning strategies were created. Excess hardware that was installed on sites was removed and re-utilized, technical requirements for new purchases were reshaped and generator fuel consumption was optimized.

As networks evolve through 4.5G to 5G and continue to become more complex, some industry forecasts are predicting a 2 to3-fold increase in energy consumption. It is therefore critical that powering the networks of the future remains economically viable.


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