FreeMove, the mobile telecommunications alliance between Deutsche Telekom Group, Orange France Telecom Group, TeliaSonera and TIM (Telecom Italia Group) today announced that Turkcell (NYSE:TKC, ISE:TCELL), the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, has joined the FreeMove Alliance as a partner. This move will further add to the alliance’s offering to the multinational market by strengthening its foothold in Turkey, one of Europe’s key business markets.
With 62 million subscribers across eight countries, Turkcell is the third largest operator in Europe in terms of subscriber numbers, supporting a growing number of multinational clients in telecommunication management. With this partnership, FreeMove now spans 36 countries across Europe, as well as the USA and Brazil.
Claes Bidemar, Management Board member, FreeMove commented: “We have seen an increase in demand from our customers in markets such as Turkey to provide access to mobility services; this partnership demonstrates our commitment to expand our global network to meet that demand. As one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, Turkey represents a key market for us. We are delighted to have Turkcell as a partner in our alliance thereby strengthening our foothold in Europe.”
Emre Sayin, Chief Corporate Business Officer, Turkcell said: “We are proud to become a partner of the FreeMove Alliance as together we represent an established and successful international alliance and operator group offering seamless solutions to multinational customers. This partnership will give us the edge over our competitors as we now have the ability to greatly increase our international presence giving our clients an extension of the Turkcell benefits. We look forward to being a part of the alliance to give our customers benefits such as harmonized offers, predictability, good value for money and managed services and working with Deutsche Telekom Group, Orange France Telecom Group, TeliaSonera and TIM.”
Fabien Gustafsson, General Manager, FreeMove, commented: “By partnering with Turkcell, the FreeMove alliance is responding directly to our customers’ need to have far-reaching and seamless mobile communications support that match their own footprint. This is a significant step in the history of FreeMove but our ambitions don’t stop there and we intend to build on this in 2010 with continued expansion of our footprint.”