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Turkey’s IT minister urges infrastructure investment

June 27, 2014

The head of Turkey’s information and telecommunications body, Tayfun Acarer, has urged companies to invest more in infrastructure as the Turkish communication market grows rapidly.

In a speech at the Information Technology 500 awards ceremony in Istanbul on Wednesday, Acarer said the number of broadband users had more than doubled in the last three years and had gone from 14 million to 35 million in the first quarter of 2014.

“The amount of data will increase day by day we should develop the infrastructure accordingly,” he said at the ceremony recognizing Turkey’s top information technology companies, Anadolu News Agency reported.

The telecommunication boss also praised the production of smart phones in Turkey and the telecommunication companies’ initiatives behind their development.

Turk Telecom was given an award for becoming Turkey’s biggest telecommunication technology company, while Turkcell took second place.

The world’s second-biggest telecommunication giant, Vodafone, came third.

Turkish firms Teknosa, Indeks Computers and Penta were also recognized as having become leading companies in the information technology sector.

The survey, conducted by the Interpromedya Research Company, also suggested the Turkish information technologies sector grew by 11.3 percent last year and a similar rate is expected for 2014.

A total of 300 of Turkey’s top 500 companies in the sector grew last year, with 19 of them more than doubling their sales and 56 growing by between 50 percent and 99 percent.

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Source: Baluchistan Express, The

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