Caspian Telecoms 2010: 9th Regional Türkiye, Caspian, Black Sea and Russia Conference and Showcase of Telecommunications and IT technologies

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Caspian Telecoms Conference & Showcase is the only event for the telecoms industry for Turkey, CIS, the Black Sea States and their neighboring Caspian and Central Asian regions.
The event has grown steadily over last years and has now become an essential meeting point for many professionals in the telecoms industry. The Caspian & Black Sea Telecoms Conference & Showcase acts as an international gateway into the market that offers huge potential for both established investors and new market entrants.
Caspian Telecoms Conference is a platform, from which communication ministries and state telecoms companies can outline their concept for the modernization and privatization of the telecoms and IT industries to an audience of international telecoms companies and investors. The Conference is a forum in which topical issues relevant to the telecoms industry can be discussed in detail amongst both commercial and state telecom organizations, including telecom licensing, privatization, legal and financial issues. It also promotes parallel seminars and ICT exchange programs between countries and companies.

Region’s meeting place
Caspian Telecoms takes place annually and is an exclusive event for the telecommunications industry of Türkiye, the Black Sea states, and the neighboring Caspian and Central Asian regions. Telecommunications industry representatives from CIS countries, Central Asia and Europe have attended Caspian Telecoms 2010 to participate in the conference and establish business ties. Caspian Telecoms 2010 state delegations included: Türkiye, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Mongolia, Romania, Greece, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Iran and Kyrgyzstan.
The Showcase is held alongside the Conference, providing an opportunity for companies within the telecoms industry to display and demonstrate their latest products and services and the new technology that helped for develop and modernize the telecoms industry in the region. The Showcase was also a great place to strengthen international partnerships and conduct business face to face.

Türkiye and the region
9th Regional Türkiye, Caspian, Black Sea and Russia Conference and Showcase of Telecommunications and IT technologies was also really important for Türkiye and the region. Türkiye's geo-political position makes it a natural communications bridge between Asia and Europe and a gateway for international sales and investments in the Telecommunications and IT sector in the Caspian region, Central Asia and CIS. Across the region, the telecommunications industry continues to experience a process of demonopolization and privatization. Telecommunication coverage is expanding and networks are being upgraded and digitalized. Satellite and mobile operations are also being developed whilst Internet and ISP use is growing as Türkiye's telecom sector prepares for EU accession.

Main Topics of the Caspian Telecoms 2010 Conference were:
• Privatization and Liberalization of Telecom Markets in Caspian Region and Türkiye.
• Investment Opportunities in Telecom sector of Caspian Region and Black Sea Region.
• Mobile and Fix sector developments in Türkiye, Russia, CIS and Caspian Countries
• Licensing issues, Standards and Regulations in Telecom industry.
• Future development of Telecom and IT industry in Türkiye, Caspian and Black Sea Region and many other issues.

Türk Telekom: The Region’s convergence professional
Mehmet Toros, Senior Vice President of Türk Telekom talked about assessing the incumbent’s position and strategy in Türkiye’s dynamic telecommunications market. “Voice revenues and subscriber numbers of all European benchmarks show a decreasing trend. While the Internet usage has been growing significantly, the average revenue per GB has been decreasing. While the usage on broadband, in general, has been growing substantially, the fixed growth has shown more aggressive trend. This is due to P2P/Multimedia applications mostly used by fixed BB subscribers and bandwidth requiring VAS offers of fixed operators.
At the same time, the revenue per GB is decreasing much aggressively on the mobile broadband. The price of mobile broadband has still some room to squeeze and efficiencies on the network will be reflected on prices.
In the upcoming years, mobile broadband is expected grow faster compared to fixed broadband. The impact of the mobile broadband growth is not expected to result in a terminal decline for fixed-line services as most subscribers are likely to employ mobile broadband as a complement to fixed services.
We recognized the convergence. Türk Telekom has serious investment for convergence. We’re spreading the Broadband Internet. Türk Telekom is making the fixed lines desirable by using new technologies and has 1.7 billion dollars consolidated investment. Our international IP capacity has reached 400 Gbps in 2009, and our target is to reach 600 Gbps till the end of this year.”

Rostelecom at a glance
Rostelecom is Russia’s national telecommunications operator and one of the largest telecommunications companies in the country. Rostelecom Evgeniy Sekerin Business Development Director has informed the delegates about Rostelecom and their strategies: “The Company owns and operates a technologically advanced nationwide fiber-optic backbone network, approximately 150,000 km in length, enabling it to provide voice, data and IP services to business and residential customers across the entire Russian Federation and to both domestic and international operators. Rostelecom continues to provide primarily fixed-line domestic (DLD) and international (ILD) long-distance services to corporate and residential end-customers across Russia. The Company is the leader in this segment of the domestic market with a market share of approximately 50%. In the residential fixed-line DLD/ILD service market, Rostelecom continues to consolidate its dominant position, approximately maintaining an 80% market share. The Company is a major provider of telecommunications services to state organizations and governmental agencies as well as to the largest corporate companies including television and radio broadcasters.
The high capacity of Rostelecom’s network enables it to handle the majority of long-distance traffic transit and leased line services for both Russian and international operators. In addition to traditional services, Rostelecom is actively diversifying its business through the development of new products and offerings incorporating Internet, VPN and Data Center services, intelligent network services (INS) and videoconferencing amongst others. The Company is also focused on diversifying its operations geographically. During the three year period that the Company has been active in the Russian data transmission market, Rostelecom has become the market leader in the wholesale Internet services segment. Rostelecom has a strong position in the international telecom segment, having established direct international connections with more than 150 operators in 70 countries, participating in 25 international cable systems and cooperating with approximately 600 fixed-line and mobile operators inside and outside Russia. The Company belongs to a number of international industry organizations, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Telecommunication Operators Board of the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC), the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) and the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC). Rostelecom is committed to delivering value to its shareholders, with a focus on maintaining its strong financial position. Currently, Svyazinvest, the state-controlled holding company, is Rostelecom’s majority shareholder, owning 50.7% of ordinary (voting) shares. The Russian Deposit Insurance Agency owns 30.0% and Vnesheconombank owns 9.8% of the Company’s ordinary stock. As a result, Rostelecom’s public free float comprises of the remaining approximate10% of ordinary shares and 100% of the Company’s preferred shares.
Currently, Rostelecom’s securities trade on the RTS and MICEX stock exchanges in Russia and on the world’s major markets including the London and Frankfurt stock exchanges, as well as the OTCQX in the US. At the end of 2009, the Russian government approved the reorganization of Svyazinvest, with a view to consolidating its assets under the Rostelecom umbrella in order to create an integrated telecom group, capable of delivering a comprehensive range of services throughout Russia. This restructuring is due to be completed in May 2011.”

The Business Council is working for the Region
Eftychia Bacopoulou, Secretary General of the BSEC BC / Business Council of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation has talked about BSEC Region. She informed also about their studies. “The Black Sea basin is a strategically important region at the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, and Asia serves as a pivotal East-West and North-South corridor and a crossroad of geopolitics, commerce, energy, and culture where the interests of foreign investors overlap. It is a very dynamic area that presents various challenges and offers numerous opportunities.
Historically, the Black Sea region, as crossroads and a bond between Europe and Asia, East and West since early times, has its own specific futures. Here different cultures, traditions and religions have intertwined, influenced and enriched each other. This gives the Black Sea region a prominent place on its own on the cultural scene.
The region has also been an important channel for communication, trade and transportation as well as food production and has supported large populations for thousands of years. However, its new role is a more challenging one, as being the main transport route of energy that the European countries mostly depend on. The multicultural perspectives of the region should be of considerable relevance also today, reflecting the contemporary challenges confronting us all in the global village. Black Sea Region offers; 330 + million consumers, strategic location at the centre of Eurasia, rich mineral and agricultural resources, rich energy resources, strategic energy routes, great tourism destinations, excellent science and technology, competitive operation costs, educated and talented young people.
The Business Council was established in 1992 by the representatives of the business communities of 12 countries to contribute to the efforts of their Governments to secure the greater integration of the Black Sea region into the world economy. The Business Council is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization consisting of the representatives of the business communities of the BSEC Member States: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Türkiye and Ukraine.The new Vision of the BSEC Business Council calls for creating maximum value for our business communities and for becoming a strong Agent of Change in the Black Sea Region.To fulfill this Vision, the Business Council is developing a comprehensive, self-consistent strategy. This strategy is along two main axes: Internal Integration and External Integration. Internal integration is the process of creating increasing inter-dependence between business people in the Region.”

Cloud computing and TransTeleCom (TTK)
“The cloud is not a telecom infrastructure. The cloud is not the Internet. The Cloud is not all digital content. The cloud, is the online digital world available both for people and businesses” said Sergey Shavkunov, Head of International Marketing Analysis, Company TTK. He continued to his speech like this: “When we look at the Cloud ecosystem some huge numbers come with; Mobile and online audio market revenue has reached to $ 11 billion. Online video market is also huge with $ 6 billion. Online games market has reached to $ 16 billion and online advertising is $ 32 billion. According to the cloud in Caspian Region number; total number of broadband lines is rapidly growing. In 2009 it exceeds 25 million. DataCenterMap accounts over 1500 data centers in 68 countries, and only 21 in Caspian region. Russia, Türkiye and Ukraine are the major content stores in Caspian Region. The Caspian Region will need to transmit traffic from outside for a long time. Total international IP capacity is about 1 Tbps. There are two major hubs in the region – Türkiye and Russia. International Internet routes are preferably focused to Europe.”
Shavkunov has also informed about his company TTK: “ Joint Stock Company "Company TransTeleCom" was founded in 1997. The major shareholder is Joint Stock Company "RZhD". In the course of three years the company has built the most modern and branched fiber-optic telecommunications line, using the most advanced and efficient telecommunication technology. Today, Company TTK operates and services the largest fiber-optic communication network in Russia, with a length of more than 53,000 km and a network capacity of 50 Gbps. The network is laid along the railways, and has more than 1,000 access nodes in all regions of Russia and connects Europe and Asia. 17 regional enterprises created in the largest Russian cities provide TTK services all over the country. The Company is one of three leading alternative operators of fixed communication and provides 45% of long-distance channel lease, occupies 46% in the segment of backbone Internet and 34% in the IP VPN market. The consolidated return of the group of TTK companies in 2007 was 24.1 billion rubles with a profit of 2.5 billion rubles – 18% higher than in 2006. In September 2007 TTK began rendering services on the long-distance and international telecommunications market.
Company TTK actively operates both on the operator and the corporate markets. Customers of the Company are mainly geographically-distributed businesses. These are primarily railway carriers as well as state enterprises and large corporations. Currently, TTK has implemented large-scale telecommunications projects for state organizations and large commercial corporations. The Company’s customers include the Ministry of Emergency Situations, MIA, Regional customs authorities, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Roskosmos, OKB Sukhoy, KnAAPA, Sberbank, Alfa-Bank, Bank Russkiy Standart, Mezhbiznesbank, Ingosstrakh, Uralsib, Norilskiy Nikel, SUAL, PG MAIR, YevrazRuda, Yevrokhim, Vympelcom, Megafon, MTS, and VGTRK. TTK obtained quality certificates for the services which are the most essential in the telecommunications market (provision of a backbone digital communication channel, Internet access, creation of virtual private networks), as well as certified quality management system. These certificates allowed TTK to promote its image as a client-oriented company and to establish an approach to business where quality comes first. TTK actively operates on the international market. The Company has its own communication sites in the largest world centers of telecommunication traffic concentration in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Hong-Kong. The transcontinental route EurasiaHighway arranged by Company TTK is the most efficient telecommunications route between European and Asian countries. Having achieved the main parameters of the business plan for 2004–2007 and occupied leading positions in traditional segments of the fixed communication market, the group of TTK companies worked out a strategy for further development for 2008–2015, oriented towards retention of existing business, as well as implying expansion of the company into a new segment of the telecommunications market: retail services. Today, TTK is the leading nation-wide backbone telecoms operator and a dynamically growing business, one which consistently extends its range of innovative communications services to efficiently meet the increasing needs of the market.”

The current state and prospects for the development of the inter-operator market in the Caspian region
Tatiana Tolmaacheva, Business Development Director – Russia & CIS, Frost & Sullivan has indicated that Russian wholesale telecommunications market has been experiencing adverse conditions in 2009. She appointed that reduced demand for telecom services, pricing pressure, and intensified competition, deficit of network capacity and lack of funds for network upgrade are the trend of the IP-transit market. She continued the presentation like this: “The applications will be king. IP Multimedia Systems (IMS) has become an open and standardized architecture for the delivery of multimedia applications and VoIP. Device manufactures increase user-friendliness of their devices with improvements in screen size, resolution, and battery power. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are technologies for obtaining wireless connections in mobile phones. Integration of digital camera, music, business oriented capabilities, games on a single chip boost. These are the technology evolution. The market trends are also changing. Web 2.0 represents a new phase for collaborating, sharing and communicating at the consumer and enterprise level. The usage of email, the web and social networking is growing in importance.
Web 2.0 transition is into the mobile sphere through various propositions. GPS, mobile phone TV, e-payment have given a rise. Consumer becomes demand for higher mobile phone function. These are the new business model. Global teams focusing on 9 major industries working in seamless integration: Industrial automation & electronics, energy, automotive & transportation, healthcare, information & communication technologies, environment & building technologies, aerospace & defense, chemicals, materials & food and financial & business services.” Tolmaacheva has also informed the delegates about the company Frost & Sullivan: “Frost & Sullivan enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company's Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO's Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. We leverage 49 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices.
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Huawei- a world-leading telecom solutions provider
Vedat Turpoğlu, Deputy Director, TeliaSonera EA Key Customer Account, Huawei Technologies started to his speech with Huawei at a glance: “Huawei is a leading telecom solutions provider, owned entirely by its employees. Through continuous customer-centric innovation, we have established end-to-end advantages in Telecom Network Infrastructure, Application & Software, Professional Services and Devices. With comprehensive strengths in wire line, wireless and IP technologies, Huawei has gained a leading position in the All-IP convergence age. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 100 countries and have served 45 of the world's top 50 telecom operators, as well as one third of the world's population.”
Mr. Turpoğlu has talked about Cloud Access, Multi-route Evolution and Single RAN: “By 2012, the number of mobile subscribers is expected to reach 1.29 billion. Meanwhile, the number of voice users and mobile broadband users will significantly increase due to the HSPA Evolution and LTE technologies. To meet this trend, mobile operators must pay full attention to future development strategies and ways to save on total cost of ownership (TCO). If operators built UMTS/HSPA and LTE networks over existing GSM networks, it would incur high costs and an intricate framework. What they need is not a standard tower, which is stacked vertically, but a horizontal convergent "one network" framework which can merge various kinds of wireless access within one element. This solution can satisfy the user demands of voice, middling rate data service and mobile broadband service. A "one network" solution realizes "Cloud Access" for a variety of applications, terminals and technological standards. As a radio access network at equipment level, Cloud Access is one of the most important developing trends in mobile communication industry. In 2006, the concept of GSM and UMTS dual-mode network began to emerge in Europe. During the second half of 2007, mainstream vendors, especially Huawei, the pioneer, introduced their 4th Generation BTS solution with the essential feature to support multi-mode radio access and the ability to build up a united access network—Single RAN. It has been almost 20 years since the beginning of digital mobile communication evolution.
Today, the consumption mode and usage habits of users can not be changed in a short matter of time. Diversity requirements conduce to traditional RAN, which also represents the present condition for many operators. When the LTE evolution approaches, perhaps some operators will run 3 or more separated networks simultaneously. This means higher costs, transmission rentals, antenna constructions maintenance, and longer site acquisition times. Huawei's Single RAN began in Germany with its 4th Generation BTS and O2 wanted to save up to 30% on TCO in the next two years. It was the first commercial launch of a Single RAN in the world. Recently, M1 in Singapore and Grameen Phone in Bengal also planned to build their first Single RAN. Innovation never stops at Huawei. Cloud Access and multi-route evolutions are approaching and mobile communication evolutions are also on the way. For next five years, one can expect even more cutting edge innovations from Huawei.”

Iskratel - Everything, anywhere, anytime
Uros Hubad, Sales Manager for Central Asia, Iskratel explained that Iskratel’s strategies, visions and new telecom markets trends: “Iskratel is one of the top-ranking providers of state-of-the-art communications solutions, with more than 50 years of experience in the world of telecommunications. We develop telecommunications solutions for rural and suburban areas and provide complete solutions for the communications requirements of the information society. Our key activities are focused on telecommunications networks. We have built a successful product strategy on the company's own brands of communications solutions SI2000 and SI3000; in our solutions we also integrate the products of our partners.
In addition to products for access networks, we develop products for fixed networks. Great emphasis is placed on upgrading mobile GSM networks with GPRS and UMTS technologies. We are taking part in the intense process of network convergence by developing new products from the field of data/IP networks, where our main aim is to guarantee a secure, evolutionary upgrade of our customers’ existing networks. Our vision of development involves the co-existence of classical technologies with the technologies of the so-called new generation (NGN, FMC, and IMS). Therefore, we use our resources to develop convergence products and complete solutions as well as next generation networks based on IP. To our customers and partners, we offer a broad range of professional services that include counseling, training, network planning, building telecommunications networks and complete technical support.”

“Our goal is customer satisfaction and loyalty”
Paolo Ficini, Director Region Europe, TelecomItalia made also a presentation in Caspian Telecoms 2010. He talked about TelecomItalia and their strategies: “Today, Telecom Italia offers infrastructures and technological platforms on which voice and data become advanced telecommunications services and leading-edge ICT solutions and tools for development for the Group itself and for the entire nation. Telecom Italia, TIM, Virgilio, La7 and MTV Italia, Olivetti are the Group’s main brands; they are well-known by consumers and are a guarantee of reliability and competence. Being close to customers and technological innovation are the hallmarks of the Group, characterized by a streamlined organization that focuses on the quality of service, simple offers, attention to contact with customers and constant research activities in TILab laboratories. All this is also backed up by considerable investments in infrastructures: in 2009 alone, €3.5 billion were dedicated to network and IT platforms.
Our goal is customer satisfaction and loyalty in our reference countries: Italy and Brazil.
Telecom Italia’s domestic leadership - 16.1 million retail network connections, 7 million retail broadband accesses, 30.8 million mobile lines – is the result of an all-round telecommunications offer that is transforming traditional communication into the new digital communication: ubiquity, interactivity, a dynamic, participative dimension that today is available to all, through fixed and mobile lines, through the use of a wide range of devices: from mobile phones to telephones, from PCs to TVs, to Smartphone and recent tablet computers or TV set-top decoders.
The gateway to this new reality is provided by the availability of broadband, which Telecom Italia presently provides on 96.5 % of Italy’s territory through ADSL, and mobile broadband, whose users through TIM number 4.6 million. The Telecom Italia industrial plan for 2009-2011 aims to resume the path to growth for the Group and the country, making available capacities and professional skills while promoting innovation. The driving factors of the industrial strategy in the three-year period are to provide new services, expand the functions made available by fixed and mobile broadband and develop innovative businesses. Italy and Brazil are the key geographical areas though the opportunities presented by the Argentine market will not be forgotten. We could focus on Caspian Area, too. The plan provides a path for the development of our Group while continuing the profit margin and revenue growth started in 2008, and aiming at strict financial discipline for debt reduction with a target for net debt /EBITDA ratio of approximately 2.3 for the end of 2011. After a careful evaluation of its assets, the Group has begun to sell business that does not fit into these strategic choices. This process of rationalizing non-core activities involves an estimated cash flow contribution of up to 3 billion euros. On the basis of a lean company model, the plan also involves seven programs for increasing efficiency. This involves: Three measures for the simplification and rationalization in IT infrastructures, Network Operations, Building & Energy (overall efficiency measures worth approximately 800 million euros in cash) Three program measures for the re-engineering of processes on a customer-centric basis in the commercial area, i.e. Sales & Distribution, Customer Operations and Delivery & Assurance (overall efficiency measures worth approximately 900 million Euros). A measure for organizational simplification and rationalization of support processes and functions (efficiency measures worth approximately 300 million euros).

“There are a lot of studies to do for Türkiye”
Cem Erkun, General Manager, Invitel International Türkiye explained about the Invitel International and Türkiye’s situation in his presentation: Invitel International is a leading alternative telecommunication operator in the CEE region and Türkiye. It provides a full range of Internet/data services, infrastructure and wholesale voice services to incumbents, alternative carriers, mobile operators, cable TV companies, Internet service providers and corporate customers. Our mission is exceeding our customers’ expectations by delivering high quality, reliable and flexible telecommunication solutions across the entire Central-Eastern European region and Türkiye. Our commitment is to continue to offer the highest value available in the entire European region, CIS countries and Turkey through quality network infrastructure, innovative services and a “can do” attitude that delivers the expectations our customers require. Invitel International is fully dedicated to serve the special needs of our valued customers ensuring that the requirements are served by the best telecommunications experts with the optimum quality and delivered on-time. It is our intent to continuously improve the service that we provide and to further build on our already strong reputation for the quality of our network, our ability to deliver pan-regional solutions, and our flexible customer oriented approach. Invitel International’s strong track record of commitment and performance, a complementary and non-competitive target market, and common geographical extension plans makes the company an ideal fit for the extension of the fiber network.
Voice market is growing, but it’s not rapidly now. Voice, data and video became one; the convergence is an important business model. Turkish consumer assimilated the 3G services; now it’s important to collect 3G, SMS services, Web sites and Value Added Services.”

Communications & the social responsibility factor
Martin Jarold, Chief, International Program Development, GVF/Global VSAT Forum talked about satellite/terrestrial signal interference mitigation strategies; forecasts for satellite broadband growth in global mobile telephony, Internet usage, digital video and international data services; advances in satellite market regulation: “VSAT is an acronym for Very Small Aperture Terminal, but more simply put it describes a small satellite terminal that can be used for one-way and/or interactive communications via satellite. VSATs are a well-established telecoms solution, with more than 500.000 terminals installed in more than 120 countries. But miniaturization of components and increased economies of scale are lower costs still further, enabling service providers to offer an increasing range of VSAT-based solutions, including rural telecoms, distance learning, telemedicine, disaster recovery, offshore networks, as well as a host of corporate and government applications.
The main barrier to the provision of telecoms in developing regions is cost. There are four possible solutions. Option 1 is direct aid sources. This is most obvious solution but subject to evaluation against other programmes such as to address basic human needs, e.g. potable water, passable roads and immunization against diseases. Option 2 is to look for Infrastructure providers. This solution is currently being done in some circumstances. However, not commercially attractive and therefore lacks scale and longevity. Option 3 could be content providers - are good where aligned with needs but needed that opportunities are not exploited. And option 4 asks us ‘How oil & gas companies can help?’ Companies operating in developing countries have an important responsibility to the communities affected by their activities and to the host country in general.
Such companies typically include community support funding in their overall investment programmes when negotiating for, and executing, their activities. An opportunity exists to provide these companies with a solution to their search for suitable projects. Model solutions could be deployed, simplifying the process for provider, funding parties, government and communities. It would work ring-fenced capacity on company networks in operational and/or base areas. Separate infrastructure in such locations to be used by communities only. Separate infrastructure is in other areas to be determined by central/regional administrations, so that hydrocarbon-prone areas do not get disproportionate attention. As a conclusion, information and communications technology is a powerful enabler. It could benefit all stakeholders involved in the programme including governments, communities, verticals (i.e., Oil & Gas Companies) and infrastructure providers.”

Overview of the regional satellite industry
Ali Korur, Regional Sales Director, Eutelsat SA has informed and explained about the new studies of Eutelsat: “Eutelsat was originally set up in 1977 as an intergovernmental organization (IGO) to develop and operate a satellite-based telecommunications infrastructure for Europe. Eutelsat started operations 27 years ago with the launch of its first satellite in 1983, followed by a further 30 satellite launches, creating one of the leaders in the Fixed Satellite Services industry with a 14% global market share at the end of 2005. Initially established to address satellite communications demand in Western Europe, Eutelsat rapidly developed its infrastructure to expand coverage to additional markets, such as Central and Eastern Europe in 1989, and the Middle East, the African continent, and large parts of Asia and the Americas from the 1990s. Eutelsat was the first satellite operator in Europe to broadcast television channels direct-to-home. It developed its premium neighborhood of five HOT BIRD satellites in the mid-1990s to offer capacity that would be able to attract hundreds of channels to the same orbital location, appealing to widespread audiences for consumer satellite TV. In Eutelsat are employing 635 professionals of 27 nationalities. According to June 30, 2009 results, consolidated revenues reached to 940.5 million euros. We’re at leading position for video with 3.348 TV channels. HOT BIRD is leading position with 1.079 channels (including 38 HD TV). Were also HDTV leader in Europe with more than 100 channels. We’re expecting to continue development of HDTV to over 480 HD channels in Europe in 2012. We focused on also broadband technologies strongly. Satellite is the future of broadband. Tooway uses satellite technology to supply homes with fast, flexible broadband Internet access. Despite considerable progress over recent years, the digital divide is still very much a reality in Europe. Currently some 20 million homes across Europe cannot access ADSL or cable networks and this will decrease only slightly to 15 million homes by 2010. That’s why Eutelsat and ViaSat have joined forces to deliver a new system for two-way broadband services. All you need is an exterior Tooway satellite dish (similar in size to an ordinary TV satellite dish) and an in-house modem. There are no surprises with Tooway either, you just ‘plug-and-play’ without having to worry about additional software installations or cumbersome hardware. Once you are set up, you can benefit from broadband Internet at unequalled download speeds. Whether for just personal use, or the whole family, Tooway has been designed to meet individual requirements. Our range of packages provides you with different options of data volumes, so you can upgrade or downgrade Tooway depending on your needs. Tooway demonstrates the many benefits of receiving broadband Internet via satellite.”

Communication is everything
Nihat Oktay, Vice President of Türksat has told the delegates everthing about Türksat: “Türksat A.Ş. is the only satellite operator company in Türkiye. Türksat manages and operates three satellites (Türksat 1C, Türksat 2A, Türksat 3A) and provides all types of satellite communications through Türksat and other satellites. With its high-tech infrastructure and experienced staff, Türksat is one of the world’s leading operators in the satellite communication business. Through innovative projects to meet the communication demands of the communities in the East hemisphere, Türksat provides services not only for Türkiye, but also for the people all over the world. Mobile Uplink/Downlink Services with 3 Mobile Satellite Ground Station (MSGS) vehicles, Türksat can provide TV and Radio uplink/downlink services from any point. These stations offer match transmissions, national and international news transmissions and live broadcast transmission services. In addition to TV and radio broadcasts, Mobile Satellite Ground Stations also enable 30-channel telephone communication at 2 Mbit capacities as necessary.
Türksat provides uplink/downlink for TV and Radio broadcasts with most advanced systems according to current standards, in a fully backed-up, high-quality and uninterrupted manner. Many national and international TV and radio broadcasts are packed through statistical multiplexing method, and transmitted to satellites via Türksat uplink stations within or outside Türkiye.
VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) system is the common name of satellite ground stations with small-diameter antennas (0,8 m – 2,4 m ). VSAT system ensures two-way satellite communication between Central Ground Station (Hub Station) and geographically distant points. VSAT systems support many services such as voice and data transmission, internet, intranet, video conference, etc. In line with the satellite communication needs that have arisen as parallel to today’s developing and diversified communication needs, Türksat offers to its clients the TürksatVSAT System that provides services like voice and data transmission, Internet, intranet, e-health (tele-medicine), e-education (tele-education), emergency communication, VPN and multimedia individually or in packages.
Through agreements concluded with various ministries and government agencies in our country, Türksat is providing technical infrastructure services enabling faster and more effective communication between the central and local organizations of these agencies. Government agencies are able to communicate at lower costs and with greater security, using TürksatVSAT. The agencies that have branches and presentation offices across the country and abroad are equipped with a strong communication infrastructure using the facilities provided by fast, secure and interactive communication network made available through broadband TürksatVSAT services.
e-Government Gateway (www.türkiye.gov.tr) is a platform on which government services are offered electronically to citizens, businesses and other government agencies from a single website, with a simple and easy to understand format.
We can divide this platform into two main sections:
Citizen Information Pages (e-Government Portal): access to information and services from a single point, contents aimed at ensuring easy access to government services by citizens, customized contents and services.
e-Government Gateway provides an infrastructure whereby our citizens can have secure access to the information and services they need. A joint structure is being established for development, provision and improvement of e-Government services by identifying the needs of our citizens and government agencies. Through this platform, where ID verification will be done through password and e-signature and the privacy of personal information will be protected, citizens can securely benefit from the government services offered electronically.
With its expertise in information and communication technologies, Türksat is carrying out a broad and comprehensive work to ensure that government services are offered from a single gateway on a joint platform (www.türkiye.gov.tr), in an uninterrupted, secure and fast manner. The gateway architecture employs state of the art modern web service and infrastructure technologies, where EU-wide e-government standards and W3C standards are used. e-Government Gateway is an important step taken towards the establishment of a public administration that takes as a basis the understanding of providing citizen-centric public services, transparency and accountability.
During the process of fulfilling this mission, which has been assigned to the Ministry of Transportation, Türksat is working with all government agencies and institutions to ensure that the project can be completed successfully.”