Information sector grows 18 percent
The total sector growth of information and communication technologies reached TL 83.1 billion with an 18 percent growth in 2015. While the growth of information technology, one of the two main factors responsible for total sector growth, rose to TL 27.4 billion, increasing 19 percent, communication technologies rose up to TL 55.7 billion, increasing 17 percent. Moreover, the share of information technologies within the total market reached 33 percent.
Information technologies reach TL 27.4 billion
The largest amount of growth in the category of information technologies went to the services sector with 25 percent, achieving the highest increase compared to previous year. Therefore, the share of the information technology software and services sectors achieved 53 percent growth. The increase in the quality and quantity of the techno cities made positive contributions to the information sector's growth as well. Reaching up to TL 27.4 billion in growth in 2015, the information technology sector's subcategories grew as follows:
- Information technology hardware: TL 13 billion
- Information technology software: TL 9.7 billion
- Information technology services: TL 4.7 billion
Communications technology surpasses 55 billion TL
Last year, the domestic production rate in information technology software and services was around 83 percent, while it was only 18 percent in terms of hardware. Turkey's communications technology industry achieved TL 55.7 billion growth in 2015.
- Communications technology hardware growth: TL 16.1 billion
- Electronic communications growth: TL 39.6 billion
Growth will continue
Based on the study results, a growth rate between 5 percent and 9 percent denominated in dollars and 15 percent to 20 percent denominated in Turkish lira is expected in the industry this year. As usual, innovation as well as research and development investments play a big role in facilitating such growth. Compared to 2014, employment increased 2.2 percent and reached 113,000 employees in 2015. With a 66 percent share in total, the information technology sector employed more than 74,000 people last year.
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