ISTANBUL – Turkcell unveiled Turkey’s largest data center in Gebze, near Istanbul. With its new building, Turkcell aims to turn Istanbul into a regional hub of data, and serve global internet companies such as Google and Facebook as well as Turkish public and private sectors.
Turkcell’s new data center is spread over a total area of 33,000 m2. The active area – known as the “white space” – consists of 20 rooms of 500 m2 each. The building has 33 thousand meters of fiber connections. The infrastructure is supported by a 30-megawatt energy capacity and 25 generators of 2500 KVA each. Security is maintained with retina-scanning technology, 146 cameras and 6400 control sensors.
Designed as a data center from the onset, Turkcell’s building in Gebze has a Tier III design certificate as well as a Leed Gold certificate – a mark of 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.
Building on years of collaboration with global internet giants
As the leading provider of fiber services in Turkey, Turkcell cooperates 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% of the data traffic to Georgia, Iraq and Iran goes through the Turkcell network.
In addition to serving its local customers, Turkcell now aims to expand its international collaborations into providing cloud services for global content companies and act as a node for international data traffic.
“As the global landscape of industrial production shifts to an ICT-focused mode with Industry 4.0, storing data safely and securely , and attaining the ability to analyze it become essential. 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. “With our technology leadership in Turkey and international collaborations, we will establish a new Silk Road of information on fiber, and contribute to raising the profile of our country as a regional hub of information.”
Turkcell plans to further expand data center capabilities
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 is a converged telecommunication and technology services provider, founded and headquartered in Turkey. It serves its customers with voice, data, TV and value-added consumer and enterprise services on mobile and fixed networks. Turkcell launched LTE services in its home country on April 1st, 2016, employing LTE-Advanced and 3 carrier aggregation technologies in 81 cities. In 2G and 3G, Turkcell’s population coverage is at 99.85% and 95.05%, respectively, as of March 2016. It offers up to 1 Gbps fiber internet speeds with its FTTH services. Turkcell Group companies serve 67.6 million subscribers in 9 countries – Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Germany, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Moldova – as of March 31, 2016. Turkcell Group reported TRY3.2 billion revenue with total assets of TRY26.2 billion as of March 31, 2016. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey.