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Türk Telekom International Hosts Press Conference in Istanbul for the Award-Winning SEA-ME-WE 5 Submarine Cable System

Date: 21st February 2017
Event: SEA-ME-WE 5 Press Conference
Venue: Istanbul , Raffles Hotel

Submarine fiber cable system project SEA-ME-WE 5 completed; project launch hosted by Turk Telekom International in Istanbul

Submarine data cable project SEA-ME-WE 5 goes into operation connecting 17 countries

The SEA-ME-WE 5 project, one of the most important high-capacity submarine data cable consortiums in the world, is now completed. The project launch celebration event took place in Istanbul hosted by Turk Telekom and Turk Telekom International with the attendance of top executives from the 19 participating companies.
17 countries were linked together with an undersea cable in this colossal project which includes a landing station in Marmaris, Turkey managed jointly by Turk Telekom and Turk Telekom International. The 20,000-km long SEA-ME-WE 5 system is a state-of-the-art subsea cable connection between Western Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia providing the highest quality voice and data traffic with minimal transmission delay.
With the completion of this advanced and innovative project, Turkey realizes the necessary infrastructure to meet the country’s rising data demand at an initial capacity of 24 Tbps. By being part of this cutting-edge and comprehensive development, Turkey also plays a major role in covering the regional international data needs.

SEA-ME-WE 5 Management Committee Chairperson Linette Lee:SEA-ME-WE 5 is a milestone in the telecommunications industry.

SEA-ME-WE 5 Management Committee Chairperson Linette Lee said the following in her speech at the launch event of the project: “We are very happy to celebrate the completion of SEA-ME-WE 5 project. Thanks to the joint efforts of the consortium partners from 17 countries, we have finalized this vast infrastructure project. It is a global milestone in the telecommunications industry which will open up new opportunities for greater trade and economic growth; strengthen ties among multiple countries and people of various cultures. With its state of the art technology, SEA-ME-WE 5 presents matchless communication quality along its route from Asia to Western Europe.”

Turk Telekom International builds a data bridge for Turkey

The TTI Group’s Executive Committee Chair Mehmet C. Toros said the following: “As a subsidiary of Turk Telekom, we work to carry out our strategy of strengthening Turkey’s position as an intercontinental data bridge, constantly developing our infrastructure with our investments in Turkey and abroad. In 2014, we joined the SEA-ME-WE 5 which was part of our activities serving this goal. As the only Turkish firm representing Turkey in the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium, we linked the Marmaris cable landing station (CLS) last year and integrated Turkey in the 20,000-km-long underwater superhighway connecting 17 countries. We are very proud to have taken another step to make Turkey a digital hub in the region and create new opportunities for our country by successfully completing this unique project.”

Goal: To make Turkey the data hub of the region

Turk Telekom International, as one of Turk Telekom’s subsidiaries, responsible for global infrastructure and market development, sales and marketing of international wholesale voice and data, was to make Turkey the data hub of the region by helping to promote Turk Telekom’s vision, Toros added, “An enormous and leading infrastructure capable of satisfying Turkey’s rapidly growing demand for data at the highest level has been built by the joint forces of the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium members which enhances the country’s digital communication with the world. We will now be able to deliver a revolutionary solution to meet our customers’ requirements for high-capacity data communication. We are pleased to be a part of this comprehensive project to contribute to the world’s telecommunication industry by the timely completion of this submarine route relying on outstanding technological solutions. It is our great honor to host the SEA-ME-WE 5 Project Launch Ceremony Event in Istanbul and welcoming the representatives of the companies and countries participating in the project.”

SEA-ME-WE 5: With 24Tbps, one of the world’s highest-capacity fiber cable systems
Ensuring Turkey’s digital communication with the world via an undersea route, the SEA-ME-WE 5 boasts specifications adequate for the broadband-intensive apps, large volumes of corporate data exchange, IPTV and online gaming services of the future with its initial capacity of 24Tbps.
The outstanding technological properties of the SEA-ME-WE 5 project deliver first-class quality in voice and data traffic with the least latency in transmission.
The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine fiber cable system won the “Project of the Year” for its superior technology and project management in the Global Carrier Awards in Paris in November 2016.

Bringing together 19 companies from 17 countries

In addition to Turk Telekom International (TTI) from Turkey, the project includes Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Mobile International (CMI), China Telecom Global (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Djibouti Telecom (DT), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Ooredoo, Orange, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Sparkle, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telecom Egypt (TE), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), TeleYemen, and Trans World Associates (Pvt) Limited Pakistan (TWA).



Joint Declaration for Customer Roaming Experience Enhancement by Hand-in- Hand Program Members

Guangzhou, China, 20th December 2016 – Hand-in-Hand Program (hereinafter called “hi-H Program”), a global telecom partnership platform, today launched a multilateral roaming quality enhancement project with 14 leading mobile network operators (“MNOs”) to jointly optimize network performance for the purpose of improving customer roaming experience.

A joint declaration and memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) signing ceremony took place at The Westin Pazhou Hotel in Guangzhou, China on 20th December 2016. The multilateral MoU was signed today by 14 hi-H Members including China Mobile Hong Kong, China Mobile International, Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau, S.A.R.L. (CTM), Chunghwa Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, FarEasTone, KT Corporation, Orange, StarHub Mobile, Telenor, True Corporation, Turk Telekom International and Vimpel-Communications Public Joint Stock Company.

In recent years, there has been significant demand on international roaming that many MNOs have been endeavoring to enhance their network quality and transmission capacity. Yet their individual efforts are often difficult to work out substantial improvement for global connectivity and overseas interconnection.

Through this project collaboration, hi-H Program aims to assemble global MNOs to a multiparty working platform to co-develop solutions for maximizing the efficiency of network architecture optimization. In order to improve the roaming experience of their respective end customers, the Parties to the MoU (hereinafter called the “Parties”) already defined a framework for enhancing international roaming quality of voice, data and SMS services. In these three core areas, the Parties will cooperate to optimize routing solutions for high-quality voice services, establish direct or optimal connections for Diameter/SCCP signaling and S8/GRX traffic and provide customers with fast, stable and reliable transmission of SMS services.

Virtual teams will also be formed to monitor and verify the roaming experience of their end customers on a regular basis by establishing proper communication channels for responding to roaming quality issues. Regular reviews on roaming paths for voice, data and SMS among the Parties will be conducted to ensure the realization of best practices.

“hi-H Program has paid much efforts to run various projects to leverage the network capabilities of hi-H Members, this roaming quality enhancement of which is a key joint project of the year to increase user engagement. China Mobile will take the lead to execute the cooperation items in order to provide the end customers of hi-H Program with a “feel at home” experience while they are roaming aboard”, said Dr. Feng LI, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of China Mobile International and Chairman of hi-H Program.

“To accomplish Telenor’s ambition of being loved by customers, this is an efficient collaborative project to create engaging roaming services for users reached by hi-H Program”, Mr. Kim Krogh Andersen, Chief Marketing Officer of the Global Wholesale Unit in Telenor, continued.

“Subscriber satisfaction is very much correlated to the service quality of a telecommunications service provider. We believe the expected service improvement will constitute a competitive advantage to the roaming business of all parties who enter into this multilateral collaboration under hi-H Program”, Mr. Mehmet Candan TOROS, Chief Executive Officer of Türk Telekom International, expressed.

About Hand-in-Hand Program:
hi-H Program was initiated by China Mobile International and launched in Shanghai on 14th July 2015. Since launch, this non-exclusive partnership platform has attracted active involvement from various industry counterparts to acknowledge its main principles of “hi-H: Openness, Connection, and Collaboration”. The Program aims to form an integrated platform involving and expanding the group of international partners with the intentions of reaching win-win partnership benefits and providing seamless services to customers. Through cross-industry collaboration, it is believed that the global digital work and life experience of individuals and corporates can be further enriched without boundary. For more information, please visit

EBRD funds Turkey’s investment in high-tech undersea cable system

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is funding Turkey’s investment in a new high-tech fibre-optic submarine communications cable system that will carry data between 17 countries, from Singapore to France and Italy.

The Bank is providing a US$ 50 million loan to Türk Telekom Group, Turkey’s largest telecommunications company, which is building the new submarine cable system in a consortium with 17 other telecommunications operators.

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PCCW Global and Türk Telekom International (TTI) sign Memorandum of Understanding to explore joint business opportunities

♦Collaboration seeks synergy between PCCW Global and HKT solutions and TTI’s unique geographical footprint♦

HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG / ISTANBUL, TURKEY, MAY 4, 2016 – PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Türk Telekom International (TTI), a leading telecommunication operator across Central & Eastern Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, and the Middle East, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore service portfolio and geographic synergies between two leading telecommunications companies.

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Türk Telekom International completes Marmaris SEA-ME- WE 5 High-Speed Cable “Port”

• • Fiber-Optic infrastructure connects Turkey with 17 countries on 3 continents • •

Türk Telekom International (TTI) announced completion of the Turkey’s interconnection “port” at Marmaris in Mugla, Turkey, connecting its customers to the 20,000 kilometer SEA-ME- WE 5 fiber-optic cable infrastructure developed by a 17-nation consortium. TTI is Turkey’s exclusive partner in the SEA-ME- WE 5 subsea, high-capacity fiber-optic cable project that will deliver data across 3 continents at speeds of up to 24 terabytes per-second beginning in November, 2016.

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Batelco Global Expansion Plans in Full Speed

**With a growing global partnership portfolio, the latest agreement sees Batelco partner with Türk Telekom International**

Manama, Bahrain: Batelco, in keeping with its global expansion plans, has signed a series of agreements with different operators across the world. Türk Telekom International (Türk Telekom International) now joins Batelco’s diversified portfolio of global partners. Türk Telekom International is a leading telecommunication operator in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, the Middle East and Asia, providing a full range of Internet and data infrastructure, data center and wholesale voice services and solutions.

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Türk Telekom International Triumphs at Global Carrier Awards 2015

Türk Telekom International has been named the Best Eastern European Wholesale Carrier and won the trophy for the Best Wholesale Sales Team at the Global Carrier Awards 2015.

Türk Telekom International (Türk Telekom International) – the leading telecommunication operator in the CEE region, Turkey, Caucasus and Middle East was awarded with The Best Eastern European Wholesale Carrier and The Best Wholesale Sales Team award at the Global Carrier awards in Paris, the most important event dedicated to the international wholesale telecommunication industry, which took place on 3rd of November 2015.
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