Feature Article

July 20, 2012

Turkcell, Turkish Mobile Phone Operator to Save TRY1 Billion for Turkey's Economy

Turkey’s GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) of mobile phone operator, based in Istanbul, expects to save up to TRY1 billion to Turkish economy. How this may be so?

Previously, consumers had to pay a communication tax of TRY37 on new subscriptions of SIM cards, but because of new legislation law, the tax has apparently been lifted.

Turkcell, largest mobile company based in Istanbul, Turkey expects that the elimination of the tax will spur interest in M2M type services which include, collection of data, transmission of data through communication network, and assessment of data helping in the prevention of energy loss and theft, food spoilage as well as lower fuel costs and boost operational efficiency. Because of the increase usage engendered by the tax elimination, Turkcell calculated a saving from M2M solutions to rise to TRY1 billion from TRY318 million in 2011.

Selen Kocabas who joined Turkcell in 2003 and is now the Chief of Corporate Business Unit Officer said that the lift of the tax will ensure an increase in revenues for Turkish economy. 

Kocabas said, “Enlarging the market means an increase in employment for those producing and marketing remote devices, as well as those developing applications for them. In line with the removal of the obstacles in this market we expect increasing interest in smart energy, smart industry, smart vehicles, smart buildings and smart health solutions.”

The company and the customer will both benefit from the tax elimination and put money back in Turkish treasury. What more could be expected? A TRY1 billion saving for Turkey.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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