Minister Karaismailoglu: The communication sector grew by 19% in the third quarter

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu evaluated the “Turkish Electronic Communications Industry Quarterly Market Data Report” prepared by the Information Technologies and Communications Authority. He announced that the communications sector grew by 19% in the third quarter.

Minister Karaismailoglu pointed out that despite the contraction in the world economy after the epidemic, the momentum in the communication sector did not slow down and announced that the sector grew by 19% in the third quarter.


Emphasizing the issue of digitalization, Karaismailoglu noted that habits have changed with the Covid-19 epidemic, and that digitalization in all areas of life depends on information and electronic communication technologies.

Expressing that every service transferred to the Internet is reflected in the increase in the amount of data used in the networks and the number of connections, Karaismailoglu stated that the growth that comes with demand should be turned into an opportunity in the coming days.

Noting that new demands should be converted into investments, Minister of Transport Karaismailoglu stated that the lack of capacity problems at this point shows the continuity in investments.

Reminding that at the end of the 12th Transport and Communication Council held in October, the short, medium and long-term targets in the field of electronic communication were determined together with the sector, Karaismailoglu emphasized that the acceleration in growth and investments in the sector is of vital importance in order to achieve these targets.


Drawing attention to the impact of the investments made on the sector, Karaismailoglu stated that in the third quarter of 2021, the net sales revenues in the sector increased by 19% and exceeded ₺23.8 billion. Pointing out that the total amount of investments made by the operators in the third quarter of the year was around ₺3.6 billion, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoglu said, “The number of mobile subscribers was 86.9 million, while the subscriber prevalence was 104%. 80.8 million of these subscribers are 4.5G subscribers.”


Noting that the number of machine-to-machine communication (M2M) subscribers has reached 7.2 million, Karaismailoglu emphasized that the number of mobile numbers carried is 155.1 million in total. Noting that 2.6 million numbers were transferred this quarter, Karaismailoglu continued as follows:

“Our total broadband internet subscribers reached 87.5 million, 69.7 million of which are mobile. Our broadband internet subscribers increased by 8.2% compared to the same period of the previous year. The highest proportional increase in the number of subscribers was experienced in the number of ‘Fiber to the Home’ subscribers with 32.2%. This was followed by the number of ‘Cable Internet’ subscribers with a rate of 10.8%. While the average monthly data usage of fixed broadband subscribers was 206 GByte, the average monthly usage of mobile subscribers reached 11.3 Gigabytes.”

Underlining that the total fiber infrastructure length in Turkey increased by 10.1% annually and exceeded 455 thousand kilometers, Karaismailoglu added that the development in the sector is expected to continue in the last quarter of the year.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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