Turkcell Appoints Kaan Terzioglu as New CEO, Announces Readiness for 4G

Turkcell Appoints Kaan Terzioglu as New CEO, Announces Readiness for 4G Image Credit: Turkcell

Turkey’s largest operator Turkcell has appointed Kaan Terzioglu as its new chief executive officer, taking over from Süreyya Ciliv who resigned in January this year after serving Turkcell for eight years. Terzioglu who is a member of the board in few major corporations in Turkey, including Turkish bank Akbank and insurance company Aksigorta will replace the acting CEO, Ilker Kuruoz who will continue his role as the CTO.

According to Turkcell, Kaan began his career at Arthur Andersen and Company in Istanbul as an auditor and financial consultant and moved into management consulting in Chicago and Brussels focusing on information technologies, information security and knowledge management from 1990 to 2000. He worked for Cisco Systems for the 12 years holding various executive responsibilities and serving in numerous international positions. 

The largest mobile operator in Turkey with about 34.6 million subscribers as of December 31, 2014, which represents about half of the entire Turkish market, also announced its readiness to launch 4G in Turkey at the earliest possible time, following the announcement of 4G tender specifications by the Turkish Ministry of Transportation, Communication and Maritime Affairs.

Ilker Kuruoz, Acting CEO, Turkcell
At Turkcell, we had started working on future-proof technologies many years ago. We have kept our readiness levels very high for 4G by investing in our network, expanding our fiber backbone and launching our own-branded 4G smartphone, the Turkcell T50. Today’s announcement by the Ministry confirms that we have taken the right steps at the right time. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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