Turkish telecommunications regulator BTK organised 5G open field tests at the ‘5G BTK Market Surveillance Laboratory’ located in the campus of Ankara’s Hacettepe University. The test involved the local operators Turk Telekom, Turkcell and Vodafone Turkey.
Turkcell is collaborating with Ericsson in 5G network equipment tests in Istanbul which achieved a peak data speed of 24.7Gbps using the 15GHz frequency band.
Turkcell has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ZTE to collaborate on developments including “Gigabit-capable passive optical networks” (GPON) and 5G. The two companies explained the strategic agreement includes cooperation on fixed network and wireless products such as customer premises equipment, GPON, dense wavelength division multiplexing and 5G.
Turkcell has hit speeds of 70GBps by using 71.5-73.5GHz spectrum in its 5G trial with Huawei.
Turkcell and Samsung signed a letter of goodwill to collaborate on 5G trials in 2018 in Turkey. Turkcell said the partnership would accelerate commercialisation of 5G technology and support Turkey’s digital transformation. Companies will also focus on the Internet of Things, applications of smart devices, home security, energy consumption and automatisation.