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Turkcell Opens Next-Generation Data Center in Izmir

Driven by its vision of ‘Turkey’s data should stay in Turkey’ when it
opened its Gebze-based data center in 2016, Turkcell (NYSE:TKC)
(BIST:TCELL) now continues its investments in Izmir. As the one and only
holder of Tier 3 certificates in the Aegean region of Turkey, which is
considered a world standard for data centers, Izmir Data Center was
inaugurated on June 22 with the participation of Binali Yildirim,
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and the inaugural event
was hosted by Ahmet Akca, Chairman of the Board of Turkcell, and Kaan
Terzioglu, Turkcell’s Chief Executive Officer.

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Turkcell’s new Izmir Data Center was inaugurated on June 22 with the participation of Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and the inaugural event was hosted by Ahmet Akca, Chairman of the Board of Turkcell, and Kaan Terzioglu, Turkcell’s Chief Executive Officer. (Photo: Business Wire)

With this new data center, Turkcell has become Turkey’s largest data
center and cloud services operator, while cementing Turkey’s goal to
evolve into a global hub for data centers in the region. Holding a “Leed
Gold” certificate that documents green building and environmental
compliance, Turkcell Izmir Data Center ranks among the most significant
investments made in this field, with a white space of 2,400 square
meters and an indoor area of 14,500 square meters. Built in accordance
with international standards, the center stands out with its
state-of-the-art technology, as well as with the security capabilities
it offers. Turkey’s data will be stored securely at Turkcell Data
Center, which is resistant against all natural disasters; particularly
earthquakes, as the center utilizes domestically produced seismic
isolators in its floors. The number of provinces where Turkcell invests
in for next-generation data centers will reach four upon the completion
of data centers planned to be opened in Ankara next year, and then in
Corlu.

Kaan Terzioglu, Turkcell CEO, said:“We are the
largest data center and cloud services operator in Turkey”Delivering
a speech at the inauguration, Kaan Terzioglu, Turkcell CEO,
emphasized that, with Izmir, they sustain the next-generation domestic
data center initiative that was kicked off in 2016 in Gebze. Terzioglu
highlighted that Turkcell’s investments in next-generation data centers
exceeded TRY 615 million and said: “We are excited to put Izmir Data
Center into operation. We will additionally open Ankara and Corlu data
centers respectively in the upcoming two years. Once they are put into
operation, our total volume of investments in next-generation data
centers will reach TRY 2 billion. The next-generation data center that
we launch here today with an area of 14,500 square meters will provide
world-standard services in Izmir, the Aegean pearl.”

He continued: “We are going through an era where the source of power
undergoes a change in the world. Now data is the biggest power. As a
country, if we intend to have a say in the new period, we have to retain
our digital data in our country and turn it into digital services
through data processing. With Yaani, we have penetrated into the search
engine market, which is among the services that generate the highest
volume of data. Our digital services, including BiP, fizy, lifebox, TV+
and Paycell, helped us attain considerable progress in our attempt to
keep Turkey’s data in Turkey. The data consumed in these Turkcell
services accounts for 8.5 percent of the data across our own network.
This percentage will increase in the upcoming period. We are Turkey’s
biggest actor in the global data center market. Currently, Turkey stores
up to 96 percent of its data abroad. We have taken significant steps
towards changing this fact. Gebze and Izmir Data Centers have paved the
way for a change in this landscape. As Turkey’s largest data center and
cloud services operator, we will reach a total white space capacity of
37,900 square meters upon the kick-off of our Ankara and Corlu data
centers.”

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