Turkey To Skip Straight To 5G In 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has bizarrely called for the country to leap to a 5G network within just two years – skipping 4G altogether!

Turkey’s communications ministers have said that 4G services are planned to be offered next year, with national authority BTK recently setting a May 26 deadline in a 4G tender for frequency segments. But Tayyip Erdoğan has clearly bought into the hype surrounding the next-generation and has called to skip 4G, in order not to ‘lose time’ in the race for 5G.

“Within two years Turkey will be on 5G. Otherwise, it will be a garbage dump with 4G”

‘We’re still discussing 4G, but I’m thinking, the world is talking about 5G’, Reuters reports him as saying at Turk Telekom’s 175th anniversary ceremony last night. ‘Therefore we don’t need to lose time with 4G. Let’s be patient a little while longer with 3G’.

The call for “patience”, however, was slightly undermined when Tayyip Erdoğan put a timescale on the leap. ‘Within two years Turkey will be on 5G’, he asserted. ‘Otherwise, it will be a garbage dump with 4G. Let’s be patient and jump from 3G to 5G. Can we do this? We definitely can’.

“Turkey would be operating on a 5G network in 2017, at least three years before the industry consensus”

This would mean Turkey would be operating on a 5G network in 2017, at least three years before the industry consensus, with real commercial deployment only set to begin post-2020 at best. How the president, who assumed office last August, has reached this conclusion seems wholly uncertain.

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