Turkcell opens new data center in Turkey

Turkcell data center
Telecom network operator Turkcell has recently unveiled a data center in Gebze, near Istanbul, Turkey.

The investment in a new data center is aimed at turning Istanbul into a regional hub of data, and serving global internet companies such as Google and Facebook as well as Turkish public and private sectors.

Turkcell said its new data center has an area of 33,000 m2 including an active area of 20 rooms of 500 m2 each. The company has made investment for 33,000 meters of fiber connections in the data center building. The data center infrastructure will be powered by 30-megawatt energy and 25 generators of 2500 KVA each. Turkcell said that the data center will have 146 cameras and 6400 control sensors, in addition to making investment in retina-scanning technology to maintain security.

Turkcell’s data center building in Gebze has received a Tier III design certificate as well as a Leed Gold certificate for sustainability and energy efficiency. With 312 earthquake isolation units, the datacenter can withstand earthquakes of magnitudes of up to 9.0 on the Richter scale. The walls and doors of the building are fire-resistant.

Turkcell works with international partners like Deutche Telekom, Telecom Italia, Telekom Austria Group, KPN and Tata Communications. Turkcell network supports more than 2 Tbps bandwidth in its international connections. In addition to the data traffic of Turkey, 50 percent of the data traffic to Georgia, Iraq and Iran goes through the Turkcell network.

“With this new data center, we are providing the infrastructure for Turkey-based companies to benefit from these capabilities using the state-of-the-art technology at the highest global standards.” said Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of Turkcell.

Turkcell to expand data center

With the new data center in Gebze, Turkcell triples its total data center space, reaching 52000 m2. The company also announced plans to open two new data centers in Ankara and Izmir, the second and the third largest cities of Turkey, in the coming 18 months. Upon completion of these two data centers, Turkcell will have 107,000 m2 of data center area.

Turkcell’s LTE services are available in its home country on April 1, 2016, employing LTE-Advanced and 3 carrier aggregation technologies in 81 cities. Turkcell’s 2G coverage is 99.85 percent and 3G is available to 95.05 percent.

Turkcell offers up to 1 Gbps fiber internet speeds with its FTTH services. Turkcell serves 67.6 million subscribers in 9 countries  including, Ukraine, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Germany, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Moldova. Turkcell reported TRY3.2 billion revenue as of March 31, 2016.