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Turkey’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, Turkcell, has reported revenues of USD1.28 billion for the first quarter of 2009, an 18.5% year-on-year decline attributed by the cellco to depreciation of the Turkish lira against the US dollar. EBITDA for the three months ended 31 March fell by 18.2% to USD472 million, compared to USD577 million in the same period a year earlier. Net income was down 29.3% to USD344.2 million from USD486.8 million in 1Q 2008. ‘I am very pleased that Turkcell’s technology leadership, improved efficiency and customer focus resulted in solid financial results in the first quarter of 2009 despite the global economic downturn,’ Turkcell CEO Sureyya Ciliv said, ‘We plan to build on our strengths in technology, efficiency, and customer service. We are particularly excited about launching 3G services in Turkey within three months.’ The company added 1.3 million net new customers in the quarter, with 36.4 million users at the end of March.
Turkcell, Turkey’s largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has reported that it attracted 650,000 net new customers in the final three months of 2008, taking its total user base to 37 million. Rival operator Avea said on Friday that it had gained 244,000 net new subscribers since the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in mid-November, meaning that the country’s other cellco, Vodafone, has been the big loser since MNP was introduced; it saw customer numbers fall from 17.36 million at end-September to 16.72 million three months later.
Comverse announced today that UCell Uzbekistan will begin offering new products and services to derive more revenues from voice calls and also improve the experience of mobile phone users with expanded prepaid billing features and ringback tones.
“Comverse’s solutions provide us with the features we need to handle new growth and enrich the user experience with choice, convenience, control and fun,” says Helge Raitanen, Chief Technical Officer at UCell, which is owned by TeliaSonera and managed by the Fintur Holdings B.V. (a joint venture of TeliaSonera and Turkcell).
UCell subscribers now can find out who tried to call them when they were unreachable, even though a message was not left. In a similar fashion, another Comverse service can notify the calling subscriber as soon as the unreachable party becomes available in the network, eliminating the need for repeat dialing. In both cases, free text messages notify subscribers.
Comverse, the world’s leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based billing and value-added messaging and content services, developed the two services, aptly known as “Who Called” and “Notify Me,” to address the fact that roughly 30 percent of calls go unanswered. These services comprise a part of the Comverse Total Call Completion Solution, whose goal is to bring each call to a satisfactory and billable conclusion.
The new prepaid billing features offer more account management capabilities to UCell subscribers, such as providing balance notifications at the end of calls and the ability to replenish their balances via various services. Comverse Fun Dial™ Ringback Tone service lets users select music and other content for their callers to hear while waiting for calls to be answered.
Comverse’s real-time billing capabilities support UCell’s expanding portfolio of value-added services. “UCell is a forward-thinking operator that realizes just as value-added services can increase user satisfaction and generate growth, the correct billing approach helps turn billing and customer care into new opportunities for revenue and growth,” said Dror Bin, President of Comverse Products Group. “We look forward to broadening our longstanding relationship with UCell.”
Vodafone Turkey has contracted Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies to provide equipment for its 3G network rollout. ‘We signed a five-year agreement with Huawei, which we believe will offer the best technical solution for 3G,’ Ian Gray, head of Vodafone Turkey, said in a statement which was quoted in a Reuters’ report. Vodafone, plus rivals Turkcell and Avea, won 3G licences in Turkey earlier this month.
Mobile network operator Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST), which is now majority-owned by Turkey’s Turkcell, is looking to increase its share of the domestic mobile market to around 33% after 2009, as it looks to close the gap on larger rivals MTS Belarus and Mobile Digital Communications (Velcom). In July this year Turkcell agreed to buy an 80% stake in BeST from the State Committee on Property of the Republic of Belarus for USD500 million, plus a further payment of USD100 million when BeST records its first full-year profit. Turkcell also agreed to invest USD500 million in the company’s development over the next ten years. BeST currently has around 200,000 customers, a market share of less than 5%.