Turkcell and Mail.Ru Group Boost Their Digital Solutions Through Strategic Partnership

Talks for a business partnership between two digital giants have begun, to exchange know-how and business experience to expand global digital footprints.

ISTANBUL--()--The world’s first digital operator Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) and Russia’s leading innovative internet company Mail.ru Group announced today their cooperation in efforts to expand their digital footprint globally. Turkcell Group, including its subsidiary Lifecell Ventures, and Russian Mail.ru Group have begun to evaluate cooperation on internet services such as social media and e-mail solutions.

Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of Turkcell said: “We are excited to announce the beginning of talks with Russia’s communications and entertainment services giant. These discussions will help us to realize new steps towards international cooperation for providing global digital services. We will share our experiences for creating locally tailored digital solutions that we believe will become the best alternative for our customers. This strategic partnership will ensure that we will become one of the first and leading players in this area, allowing us to export our services globally and create a new field of competition.”

“We hope to build a successful strategic partnership with Turkcell, one of the leading telecom companies globally and leaders in digital transformation. Our e-mail solutions can enhance Turkcell’s eco-system of digital services. We also think that our social networks have high potential in Turkey, and with the help of such a strong local partner, may evolve into a major social media platform for the Turkish market”, — comments Boris Dobrodeev, Chief Executive Officer (Russia), Mail.Ru Group.

About Turkcell:
Turkcell is a digital operator headquartered in Turkey, serving its customers with its unique portfolio of digital services along with voice, messaging, data and IPTV services on its mobile and fixed networks. Turkcell Group companies operate in 8 countries – Turkey, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Germany, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Moldova. Turkcell launched LTE services in its home country on April 1st, 2016, employing LTE-Advanced and 3 carrier aggregation technologies in 81 cities. In 2G and 3G, Turkcell’s population coverage in Turkey is at 99.63% and 97.84%, respectively, as of March 2018. Turkcell offers up to 10 Gbps fiber internet speed with its FTTH services. Turkcell Group reported TRY4.8 billion revenue in Q118 with total assets of TRY37.1 billion as of March 31, 2018. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000 and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. Read more at www.turkcell.com.tr

About Mail.Ru Group:
Mail.Ru Group, international brand My.com (MAIL.IL, listed since November 5, 2010) is the largest internet business in Russia in terms of total daily audience (Mediascope Web Index, Russia, population aged 12-64 in the cities 100,000+, February 2018).
Mail.Ru Group is developing an integrated communications and entertainment platform. The Group owns Russia’s leading email service and one of Russia’s largest internet portals, Mail.Ru; three of the major Russian language social networks, VKontakte (VK), Odnoklassniki (OK) and Moi Mir (My World); Russia's largest online games, including such titles as Warface, Armored Warfare, Skyforge and Perfect World; and instant messaging services ICQ, Agent Mail.Ru and TamTam.

Contacts

Turkcell Corporate Communications
Burak Mergen, +90 532 210 60 20
burak.mergen@turkcell.com.tr

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Talks for a business partnership between Turkcell and Mail.ru Group have begun, to exchange know-how and business experience.

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