Turkcell and United Nations Become Technology Partners
ISTANBUL, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
UN Appraises Turkcell’s Disaster Management during Van Earthquake
Turkcell (NYSE:TKC, ISE: TCELL), Turkey’s leading communications and technology
company Turkcell has been named as UNDP’s technology partner due to its unique network and
innovative applications at the “Innovation and Resilience in Corporate Response to
Disaster” event held at the UN Headquarters in New York. Turkcell, due to its network
initiatives, differentiation through its innovative technology applications, and its
employees’ dedicated efforts during the critical hours following the 2011 earthquake in
Van, a city in Eastern Turkey, has been presented globally as a model project.
Additionally, the transparent “Turkey’s Money-Box” SMS campaign initiated by Turkcell with
the support of the Ministry of Education (MEB), and in partnership with the Turkish
Education Foundation (TEV), has been evaluated as an “exemplary case” during the Panel.
The “Innovation and Resilience in Corporate Response to Disaster” event, which has
been organized with the idea that the impact of natural disasters could be lessened
through the opportunities presented by mobile technologies, was attended by Ms. Rebecca
Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary General and UNDP Associate Administrator; Ms. Cihan
Sultanoglu, Assistant Secretary General UNDP; Mr. Jordan Ryan, Assistant Administrator and
Director, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP; Prof. Dr. Omer Dincer, former
Ministry of Education; Mr. Yildiz Gunay, General Manager of the Turkish Education
Foundation, and Mr. Sureyya Ciliv, Turkcell CEO.
Emphasizing the importance of readiness, decisiveness and speed during the crisis, as
well as technological flexibility, Ciliv explained how Turkcell used technology and
innovation to save lives in the critical 72 hours after the first Van earthquake.
Commenting that Turkcell’s network, to a large extent was up and running due to
preparations made prior to the disaster, and to its technological design, Ciliv went on to
say that “Our damaged base stations resumed normal operation within a couple of hours.
Having realized that some victims trapped under debris were sending text messages to the
112 emergency lines instead of calling it, our engineers managed to turn these SMSs into
emergency calls in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and
Communications in a short period time, thereby helping to save lives. Continuing that Van
was further injured by a second earthquake, and that the city needed permanent solutions,
Ciliv said that “Turkey’s Money-Box was launched to this end. We not only donated TRY5
million, but also created the opportunity for other corporates and individuals to lend a
helping hand through a transparent campaign, which could be simultaneously followed up
online, and where they could observe concrete results. Through Turkey’s trust in Turkcell
and TEV, a 192 person capacity teachers’ campus, and 132 person capacity dormitory for
high school students were built, well above our initial target. Additionally, having
addressed the unemployment problem in the region, we built a call center in Ercis, where
50% of employees are disabled. We are honored to be presented globally as an exemplary
company, and to be named as a technology partner by the UNDP.”
Appraising Turkcell’s initiatives after the Van earthquake, UNDP Associate
Administrator Ms. Rebecca Grynspan commented that “In countries prone to disaster or
conflict, rapid information sharing on preventative measures can save lives and property.
Mobile technology enables citizens to connect to each other and the authorities, spreading
critical information in times of crisis.”
“Turkey’s Money-Box” education campaign received the “UN Elite Award” at the IPRA
Golden Global Awards in November 2012.
Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, with 35.1
million subscribers as of December 31, 2012. Turkcell is a leading regional player, with
market leadership in five of the nine countries in which it operates with its
approximately 69.2 million subscribers as of December 31, 2012. It has become one of the
first among the global operators to have implemented HSPA+. It has achieved up to 43.2
Mbps speed using the Dual Carrier technology, and is continuously working to provide the
latest technology to its customers, e.g. 84 Mbps in the near future. Turkcell Superonline,
a wholly owned subsidiary of Turkcell, is the one and only telecom operator to offer
households fiber broadband connection at speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps in Turkey. As of
December 31, 2012, Turkcell population coverage is at 99.17% in 2G and 84.02% in 3G.
Turkcell reported a TRY10.5 billion (US$5.9 billion) revenue with total assets of TRY18.7
billion (US$10.5 billion) as of December 31, 2012. It has been listed on the NYSE and the
ISE since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. Read more at
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