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Turkey ‘opens the door to 5G’

 The company predicts smart applications from all sectors from energy to agriculture

The network will extend Turkey's smart city applications and encourage innovation
The network will extend Turkey's smart city applications and encourage innovation

Telecommunications operator Turkcell has rolled out a NarrowBand-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network across Turkey.


The technology can be used by industries such as energy and logistics as well as healthcare and education and allows machines to communicate with each other via Turkcell’s LTE-A infrastructure.


“We became the first operator in Turkey to support NB-IoT required for new-gen innovative applications. So we open the door to 5G,” said Gediz Sezgin, Turkcell’s executive vice president, network technologies.


“NB-IoT will extend smart city applications and many innovative solutions will be developed. It is expected that the economy created by this technology as of 2025 will exceed $3 trillion.


“Offering a technology which will create such a volume requires a very strong LTE-A infrastructure. We will continue to research and invest to introduce the most contemporary technologies.”


Turkcell highlights applications such as smart parking, smart waste management and remote monitoring of energy as applications that are now possible using the network. It also points out that it could be used for smart agriculture and the livestock industry.


The network could facilitate automatic irrigation of cultivated areas based on measurement of humidity to improve the crop yield while tracking applications for livestock can be made more effective and easier. This new technology helps organisations by “changing their way of doing business” said Turkcell.


“While living spaces become more and more connected every day, Turkcell’s mobile infrastructure is now ready for a world where billions of devices connect,’ said Sezgin.


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