WarnerMedia hires Turkcell OTT head to lead HBO Max in Turkey

WarnerMedia has continued to lay the groundwork for further expansion into Europe with the hire of Turkcell’s Baris Zavaroglu as its director general for HBO Max in Turkey. The exec will be charged with leading Warner’s DTC business when it launches in Turkey later this year. He will oversee the launch and growth of HBO […]

Telia confirms Turkcell sale

Nordic telco Telia has confirmed the sale of its stake in Turkish service provider Turkcell. Telia has agreed to sell its 47.1% holding in Turkcell Holding, which owns 51% in the listed company Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri, to the sovereign wealth fund the Turkey Wealth Fund for US$530 million. The transaction includes, subject to closing, a […]

Telia in talks to exit Turkcell

Telia has confirmed it is in talks to sell its stake in Turkish service provider Turkcell following media reports that Turkey’s Wealth Fund was in advanced discussions to buy Telia’s share of Turkcell Holding, which owns a majority stake in the operator. Telia owns 47.1% of the holding company, which is coowned by Turkey’s Cukurova […]

Turkcell taps Metrological for App Store

Turkish service provider Turkcell has tapped technology outfit Metrological to provide the integrated Turkcell TV App Store that is available to all subscribers of its Turkcell TV+ service. Turkcell  will be provided with a TV App Store personalised for its TV+ subscribers across Turkey. Using Metrological’s Application Platform,  Turkcell can source local and international content […]

Viasat World’s Epic Drama channel launches in Turkey

Viasat World’s Epic Drama channel and SVOD service have launched in Turkey for the first time via Turkcell’s over-the-top and IPTV platform, TV+. The deal marks the latest Viasat World brand to go live on TV+, with Epic Drama joining Viasat Explore and Viasat History. All three channels are dubbed in Turkish and available via […]

Turkcell and Samsung claim first live 5G trial in Turkey

Turkish mobile operator Turkcell claims to have carried out the country’s first live 5G trial in partnership with Samsung. Turkcell ran an event to demonstrate UHD live streaming, cloud gaming, 360-degree camera and VR streaming all over 5G using Turkcell infrastructure and Samsung’s 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) solutions. Turkcell CEO, Kaan Terzioglu said that […]

Turkcell targets one billion app downloads in three years

Turkish mobile operator Turkcell has set a target of one billion app downloads within three years, after revealing that its various apps have been downloaded a total of 120 million times to date. BiP, Turkcell’s IP-based messaging and call app, has been downloaded 20 million times in Turkey and five million times internationally. The other […]

SPI International launches UHD channel on Turkcell

Channel provider SPI International has launched its Funbox 4K/UHD channel on Turkcell and added five extra TV channels to its current line-up offered by the Turkish mobile operator. Turkcell TV+ has recently introduced a 4K set-top box and started broadcasting Funbox 4K/UHD, making it the first IPTV platform to launch Ultra HD channels in Turkey. Turkcell’s subscribers […]