ASELSAN and mobile operators Turkcell, Türk Telekom and Vodafone have cooperated to develop a base station antenna to be used for the 4.5G network.
“5G and Beyond Technologies Conference” held in Ankara with the participation of companies, experts working on the new generation mobile communication technologies and ASELSAN.
ASELSAN, Turkcell, Türk Telekom and Vodafone signed a cooperation agreement for the use of ASELSAN’s antenna.
We have to take a position at international area
“I think that today’s signing is a good start for localization and collaboration. Technologies like driverless vehicles will gain speed with 5G. Our 5G government program is featured and privileged. We need to draw our efforts forward in order to have a position in the international arena. We have to take a position at international area” Transportation Maritime and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan, said.
ASELSAN General Manager Faik Eken said in a statement that their company aims to leave a mark on mobile communication networks with its products. “Our base station is undergoing hundreds of tests in operator labs. These efforts are coming to an end and they will be set up on live network fields soon,” he said.
Kaan Terzioğlu, Turkcell’s CEO, said they were “working non-stop to do its share properly to make Turkey a leading country in development and production of next generation communication technologies.”
While Türk Telekom CEO Paul Doany said their company wanted to test the domestic base station antenna on its network as soon as possible.
Colman Deegan, CEO of Vodafone Turkey, said the company is supporting the state’s efforts aimed at creating a communication sector with a larger domestic production rate and its steps to develop a locally-produced system.