Local cellphone and IT support in new gov't agenda

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 26.11.2015 23:52

The first local cellphone production will begin, according to the new government program unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. The program includes various projects regarding information and communication technologies (ICTs). The program promises support for manufacturers in the electronics sector and will offer more supportive and innovative ICT solutions. Furthermore, the program will provide special ICT software and hardware for disabled individuals. Davutoğlu also announced that the government is currently running pilot studies in four cities to establish a safe, uninterrupted communications infrastructure, especially during emergencies and natural disasters, and all cities across Turkey will feature this technology by the end of 2017. The program also referred to the government's efforts to introduce 4.5G technology, which was tendered on Aug. 26 by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK). It promised to support domestic research and development (R&D) as well as the production of related equipment for extending the mobile electronic communication infrastructure. The new program also ensures support of all R&D activities related to the 5G mobile electronic communication infrastructure. Moreover, a new national broadband strategy will be issued that will oversee more effective use of spectrum resources, establish Internet exchange points (IXPs) and create new infrastructure in places lacking access to landline and mobile communication infrastructure. It will also enact a fiber access support program, support fiber infrastructure investments, provide high speed, reliable broadband access, support information technology firms in their attempts to enter global markets, create a strategy for the gaming sector and increase the amount of content available in Turkish, to expand Internet access.

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