Turkey com­mis­sions first do­mes­tic base sta­tion

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

BUILT by lo­cal de­fense gi­ant ASELSAN, Turkey’s first lo­cally built base sta­tion, ULAK, en­tered ser­vice yes­ter­day, on the eve of World Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Day.

The base sta­tion will as­sess the op­por­tu­ni­ties that might arise with 5G tech­nol­ogy.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion event at Kars Cul­tural Cen­ter, Trans­porta­tion, Mar­itime Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ah­met Arslan said it will be­come much more mean­ing­ful in the era of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and that with this awareness, they are work­ing to ex­pand the com­mu­ni­ca­tion sec­tor and make Turkey a leader in this field.

The gov­ern­ment aims to bring ad­vanced in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies to cit­i­zens and bring the in­for­ma­tion so­ci­ety to ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try, Arslan said, adding that they want to pro­mote do­mes­tic and na­tional pro­duc­tion in ev­ery field.

He said the min­istry’s uni­ver­sal ser­vice projects must use prod­ucts that are man­u­fac­tured lo­cally.

“For the first phase of the ULAK Project, we pre­dicted a lo­cal­iza­tion rate of 10 per­cent for 799 sta­tions and later in­creased it to 43 per­cent,” Arslan said.

“For the sec­ond phase, we pre­dicted a 30 per­cent lo­cal­iza­tion rate for 472 sta­tions which ul­ti­mately reached 54 per­cent. Our min­istry fully sup­ports the na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­dus­try. These stud­ies are now start­ing to bear fruit,” he said.

Point­ing out that ULAK is the first fully in­dige­nous 4.5G base sta­tion, the min­is­ter said it is a gi­ant step in the field of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which closely con­cerns na­tional se­cu­rity and re­quires na­tional pro­duc­tion.

Re­fer­ring to the project for the com­mon use of fiber op­tic in­fra­struc­ture, Arslan said in or­der to avoid du­pli­cate in­vest­ments in the fiber op­tic in­fra­struc­ture they will hold a launch event for the joint use, de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tion of fiber op­tic with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yıldırım.

Arslan said if each op­er­a­tor in­vests sep- arately in the next pe­riod, the in­vest­ment of each op­er­a­tor will reach TL 25 bil­lion ($5.61 bil­lion), while there will be an ex­tra cost of about TL 10 bil­lion if Türk Telekom in­vests sep­a­rately and the other op­er­a­tors in­vest to­gether.

“With the launch, the need will be met with an in­vest­ment of TL 4 bil­lion in­stead of TL 25 bil­lion,” the min­is­ter said.

About the ex­per­i­men­tal satel­lite de­vel­oped jointly by the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Aero­nau­tics and Space Tech­nolo­gies (HUTGM) and Is­tan­bul Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity (İTÜ), Arslan said that the satel­lite was placed into or­bit us­ing Space X’s Fal­con 9 launch ve­hi­cle and has be­gun to send data.

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