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Ericsson and Turkcell to lead 6G research in Turkey

Ericcson and Turkcell signed the 6G agreement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Ericsson
Vehbi Çağrı Güngör, Turkcell CTO (left), and Işıl Yalçın, vice president and head of Ericsson Turkey, signing the 6G agreement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
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  • 6G will have ‘profound impact’
  • Turkcell revenue up 77%

Swedish telecom company Ericsson and Turkish operator Turkcell will begin advancements on research and development of 6G in Turkey.

The sixth-generation wireless network will use higher frequencies than its predecessor 5G and provide substantially higher capacity and much lower latency.

The advent of 6G networks holds promise of faster connectivity in various sectors including wireless factory automation, autonomous transportation and e-health.

The partnership was signed on February 27 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and aims to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning and overall 6G architecture to help bolster Turkey’s technology sector.

“By studying current ecosystems and the evolution of 5G, we will work with Ericsson to devise a roadmap to 6G and lead technological advancements in crucial areas required by future 6G networks,” Ali Taha Koç, chief executive officer of Turkcell, said in a press statement.

“6G will profoundly impact a wide range of industries and promises to create a more connected, intelligent, and sustainable future for Turkey,” Işıl Yalçın, vice president and head of Ericsson Turkey said.

Last year, Turkcell reported a 77 percent year-on-year increase in its third-quarter group revenues, reaching 26 billion lira. This was driven by improved average revenue per user and an expanding subscriber base, including growth in the fintech segment.

Turkcell had 42.7 million customers by September 2023 and added a net 674,000 users in the quarter. Its mobile subscriptions reached 38.2 million in both prepaid and postpaid segments.

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