iBasis and Turkcell Launch IPX Point-of-Presence in Istanbul to Expand 3G and 4G Roaming Services in Eurasia and Middle East

iBasis, a KPN company, and Turkcell, Turkey’s integrated mobile and fixed telecommunications operator, have collaborated to open an IPX Point of Presence (PoP) in Istanbul. The new IPX PoP builds on Turkcell’s efforts to provide multiple services including 2G/3G and LTE Signaling and Roaming to enrich the customer roaming experience and is expected to stimulate growth in LTE services throughout the region. The PoP also expands the reach of the iBasis global IPX network, which already includes more than 450 LTE destinations worldwide.

As a result of this collaboration, Eurasian and Middle Eastern mobile operators now have a single point of contact for global IPX reach with secure end-to-end quality of service, enabling them  to offer roaming subscribers the full range of LTE services. By offering roaming services from Istanbul, the new iBasis  PoP will support growth of the mobile ecosystem and accelerate the market for LTE services throughout Eurasia and Middle East. The geographical redundancy, diversity of transmission routes and high availability of the Turkcell network infrastructure will secure service stability.

“We are very pleased to expand the partnership we started with Turkcell more than 10 years ago. Today, we provide  the full range of global services – voice, data, signaling and roaming, leveraging our IPX network to support their impressive growth,” said Feddo Hazewindus, President and CEO of iBasis. “It’s truly a win-win partnership, using our different capabilities to generate new revenue opportunities for both of us and strengthening the international communications ecosystem. This is how our industry can grow and better serve its subscribers around the world.”

“With the target of transforming the Silk Road into the Fiber Road, Turkcell cooperates with international operators and continues to take important steps to advance the evolution of Istanbul into the world’s newest Internet base due to it geostrategic location. Accordingly, we provide a bridge between East and West, which supplies a continuous connection with the speed of light, by partnering with Tier-1 operators. We have been working very closely with iBasis for many years, and together we have forged strong relationships across multiple teams to better address our business requirements. This successful collaboration is a result of our common focus on innovation and delivering the best user experience globally. We aim to provide fast and reliable  service to inbound and outbound roamers, decrease latency and create resell opportunities for the service, “ said Emre Erdem, Carrier Relations & Wholesale Director, Turkcell.

About iBasis

A wholly-owned KPN company, iBasis is a leading IPX Provider for carriers, mobile operators, OTTs and IoT service providers. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of voice services including HD Voice, VoLTE and anti-fraud services. The iBasis IPX is a single multi-service IP interconnect service to interconnect operators on a global scale with guaranteed quality and security, and offering mobile operators high-quality routes, redundancy, and diversity.  It interconnects operators and service providers globally with guaranteed quality and security for the entire mobile service portfolio: SS7 Signaling, GRX and S8, Diameter Signaling, VoLTE Interconnect and Roaming, supporting both the LBO and S8HR models. iBasis’ InVision™ advanced analytics enable operators to monitor and proactively manage the quality of roaming traffic on a global scale.  iBasis customers include more than 1,000 operators and service providers, and iBasis’ global IPX reach is unsurpassed due to its Open Peering Policy. For more information, please visit www.ibasis.com.

About Turkcell

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. Via its own 36.000 kilometers of fiber network reaching to all neighboring countries, it plays a strategic role in transporting data traffic and telecommunications services between Europe, the Caucasus, Asia and the Middle East; and transforming Turkey into a new junction in the “hyperconnected” world.  Turkcell launched LTE services in its home country on April 1, 2016, employing LTE-Advanced and three carrier aggregation technologies in 81 cities. In 2G and 3G, Turkcell’s population coverage is at 99.67% and 96.04%, respectively, as of December 2016. It offers up to 1 Gbps fiber internet speed with its FTTH services. Turkcell Group companies operate in six countries – Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Germany, Azerbaijan – as of December 31, 2016. Turkcell Group reported a TRY14.3 billion revenue in FY16 with total assets of TRY31.6 billion as of December 31, 2016. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. Read more at www.turkcell.com.tr