TELKODER Chairman of the Board Halil Nadir Teberci again drew attention to the fact that there has not been a remarkable growth in the sector since 2003: “It is seen that the inflation-adjusted electronic communications income, which was 14.98 billion TL in 2003, is 15.27 billion TL in 2020. We think that the problems experienced in the growth of the sector should be carefully evaluated and the problems that hinder the growth of the sector should be eliminated as soon as possible. The steps to be taken at this point will ensure the effective use of electronic communication and will directly affect our critical goals such as digital Turkey, national cyber security and data strategy. We invite all stakeholders of the sector to create a real competitive environment and pave the way for investments.” says.
Barriers to Alternative Operators Should Be Removed Immediately
In the report, which also includes sector revenues, the total revenues of alternative operators in 2020 are 6.8 billion TL. is seen.
Although the market shares of alternative operators are low, it is observed that they invest at almost the same rate as the incumbent operator. According to the report, Türk Telekom’s investments increased by 39.5% in 2020 compared to the previous year, and a similar 39.3% increase in investments by alternative operators. It is thought that the obstacles in front of alternative operators to make much larger investments should be removed as soon as possible, the Joint Infrastructure Sharing Protocol should be implemented as soon as possible, and cooperation with municipalities should be developed.
Decline in Fixed Voice Traffic Indicates Lack of Competition in the Market
In the report, which deals with all components of the sector, it is noted that since 2010 in the field of fixed telephone services, the fixed voice traffic has started to decrease very seriously among the total voice traffic. Although it is known that fixed voice traffic is in a decreasing trend all over the world, it is seen that the decrease is much larger in our country. It is emphasized that the main reason for the very rapid decline in fixed traffic in Turkey is the lack of competition in the market. Because, in markets where competition is not developed, the limited competitive pressures of new entrants on price and quality negatively affect the incumbent’s decisions such as R&D, investment and tariffs that will expand the sector.
The widespread use of fiber infrastructure is essential for the effective use of 5G!
Looking at the evaluations regarding fiber infrastructure in the report, it is noted that Türk Telekom’s rate of increase in fiber kilometers has slowed down since 2012. Between 2009 and 2020, Türk Telekom fiber network grew by 158.32%, while fiber networks of alternative operators grew by 448.55%. Noting that despite the regulatory measures and economic advantages, Türk Telekom’s fiber network has not grown sufficiently, and alternative operators are unable to make the investments they want due to the ineffective implementation of the regulations, and critical steps must be taken as soon as possible to complete the target of delivering fiber internet to every household by 2023. On the other hand, in the report, which draws attention to the need for widespread fiber infrastructure for the effective use of 5G in our country, it is concluded that the current fiber lengths and prevalence rates in our country are not sufficient for this target. For this reason, it is underlined that efforts should be accelerated in order to bring the fiber infrastructure in our country to the world average.
Opportunities should not be missed in Satellite Communication
In the evaluation report prepared by TELKODER for the year 2020, the field of satellite and communication services is also specifically addressed. According to the report; As of the end of 2020, there are 13,613 satellite communication services subscribers. Considering the satellite capacity in Turkey, the very low number of subscribers is considered remarkable. It is underlined that the insufficient development of the satellite sector has caused the sector, and with it TÜRKSAT, to miss opportunities in the domestic and foreign markets. For this reason, although there are great opportunities in front of the satellite communication sector, it is necessary to focus on its development by accepting that it has needs, and it is important to plan satellite projects and services in accordance with the technological development in the world. The report draws attention to the comparison of World Electronic Communication Revenues/Satellite Communication Revenues and Turkey’s Electronic Communication Revenues/Satellite Communication Revenues, emphasizing that our satellite industry needs to grow at least 10 times in order to achieve a similar size with the countries of the world.
Demand for data center and network services is growing exponentially
In its report, TELKODER draws attention to the fact that the density in data centers has increased significantly, especially during the pandemic period. The exponential increase in the demand for data center and network services in this period necessitates the establishment and support of domestic data centers. According to TELKODER; It is important to take action as soon as possible in order to operate a Data Center in accordance with the world standards. In this context, data centers should be supported in order for our country to become an important player in the world data center sector, and incentives such as discounted electricity and tax reductions should be provided as in other countries. On the other hand, it dominates a significant part of the global data center market and has the data of many institutions in our country; Large operators such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google and Alibaba Cloud should cooperate with data center operators in Turkey. According to TELKODER, in this way, we can create our own ecosystem, provide our citizens, universities, public institutions and companies with the services they want in our own land, enlarge our data center operators who pay their taxes to our state, and most importantly, secure our data.