Chairman of ICTA Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan "We, as public sector, private sector and academia, need to walk the path with the 5G vision put forward by our President”


Chairman of ICTA Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan, joined the second traditional Argela 5G Workshop, theme of which is "The domestic and global developments on 5G". Sayan, participated by teleconference system, made the opening speech of the workshop held in İstanbul on May 31. In his speech Dr. Sayan shared the studies related to 5G technology in detail and stated "We, as public sector, private sector and academia, need to walk the path and accomplish our R&D and domestic and national production goals with the 5G vision put forward by our President."

"We have to intensify our efforts to R&D and domestic production in the field of information technology."

Dr. Sayan started his speech by congratulating the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, ARGELA and Aselsan for their taking the field and their studies on domestic and national information technologies production and continued as follows: 

“Today, we, as representatives of the private sector and public institutions that set our heart in this business in our country, will talk about the latest developments in efforts to 5G technology together with representatives of entities operating in the international arena. However first, I would like to underline a few points regarding why we, as a country, need to have a say in this area. Our country has covered a lot of ground in the last 14 years in the economic field. Per capita income rose up to 11,000 dollars, from around 3,400 dollars. The staff and private sector enterprises that work night and day in the leadership of a strong management and willpower in order to reveal the potential of our country, have played an important role behind this economic performance and continue. During the next period, to take place among the world's top 10 economies, to upgrade our country to higher league and not to get caught in "middle income trap" that expressed by some economists, we need to continue on our way with increasing the resources allocated to Research and Development projects, producing innovative technologies, emphasizing domestic and national production and getting into international markets. Therefore, in the upcoming period we have to focus on the R&D and domestic production efforts which will create the most important infrastructure of developed and developing economies in ICT sector.

Therefore we, as public sector, private sector and academia, need to walk the path and accomplish our R&D and domestic and national production goals with the 5G vision put forward by our President."

We need to engrave “Conquer ardour” for our life with the “revial, redevelopment” vision


Dr. Sayan, noticing that the Conquer celebrations shouldn’t be taken as success in the history and mentioned that we need to angrave Conquer ardour for our life which is a heirship from our anchestors and we can overcome any problems that can be considered as impossible by working hard and with passion and ambition. 

“High speed mobile communication opportunity enabled by 4.5G technology facilitates and accelerates the life”

Dr. Sayan who pointed out that the transformation in communication technologies continue to influence our economic and social life irreversibly, stated:

“15 years ago, these opportunities were facilitating individuals’ lives significantly. However, remember that, both mobile phone prices and communication costs were higher than the easily affordable level. Nowadays, thanks to decreasing costs, we have started to make all transactions over ICTs. This transformation continues to influence our economic and social life irreversibly. Communication opportunities, on the one hand, change our traditional business manners, trade life and daily lives, and on the other hand, give chance to do business at international level for software, hardware and services sectors. A McKinsey research including 19 countries and 271 companies, showed us that 86% of newly founded technology based companies somehow do business at international level. Communication brought innovation to our lives in the form of great facilities in the fields of online banking, distance learning and e-health. Press media companies does not have to send outside broadcast vehicles to report news anymore. High speed mobile communication opportunity enabled by 3G and 4.5G technologies facilitates and accelerates the life. Moreover, public authorities started to become digitalized and are moving into our computers. Currently, there are 27,6 million registered users to, the platform for e-state services. In other words, one third of our population are using e-state applications. 237 public authorities are providing 1.443 different services over this platform. This number continues to rise every day.”

“We see that we are on the verge of a new transformation with Industry 4.0”


Dr. Sayan stated that “We see that we are on the verge of a new transformation with Industry 4.0 called as a stage where the automation and online connection have reached the highest level. Industry 4.0 include both opportunities and threats especially for emerging economies. First, the economies that can adapt to this era with the infrastructure and qualified human resources will be a step ahead. However, international competition in many sectors ranging from software to hardware and from products to services is to be a significant risk for the countries that could not catch up with this development. Second, since the traditional business manner will change, many sectors of our agenda today and the players in these sectors would either adapt theirselves to transformation or disappear. Finally, I would like to underline that, with enormously increasing amount of data, the one who hold big data, make it safe and produce information with meaningful analysis will gain significant advantages in terms of cost and strategy. We see that as technology connect first people, then machines and other objects each other, number of connections and connection capacity will gradually increase in near future. Number of things connected to internet in 2020 is forecasted to reach 50 billion.”

“Considering the speed, we can say that we are transforming from Mbit society towards Gbit society. With the 4.5G technology, we currently achieved 7-8 times faster internet compared to the speeds of previous months. We predict the theoretical speeds of 1 Gbit/s in 4.5G technology will reach 10 Gbit/s after the commercial use of 5G technologies after 2020. When we consider the situation of IT goods which facilitate our lives from the perspective of our country, I want to underline the fact that we are eager to “produce” the IT goods rather than solely “using” them. Within this framework, I believe we achieved double success for our country by authorizing 4.5G in addition to building faster IT infrastructure. There are two obligations in the 4.5G authorization. One of them is the obligation of buying %45 of infrastructure equipment from local vendors while the other is the obligation of buying %10 of infrastructure equipment that are produced in Turkey from SMEs (small and medium enterprises). The main idea behind these two regulations is transforming the logic of infrastructure building from consumption to local and national production. I invite our IT firms and our local businessmen to increase their investments in the local production of IT goods and services.”
“Those who works with passion, does not get tired”


Dr. Sayan stressed that as ICTA, we had always been aspiring to work with passion and continued his words:

“If we aim at domestic and national production, we have to work with passion. For this, as governmental institutions, we have to create the necessary investment environment and to facilitate support mechanisms and encouraging policies by working day and night. The work that businessmen must do is to benefit from this investment environment with cooperation of government, private sector and acedemia. The industrial standards of 5G have not been defined yet. Crucial agenda items of ITU WRC 2015 conference held in Geneva in November 2015 were devoted to 5G spectrum plans. The main agenda item of Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona by GSMA in February this year was again 5G. 4.5 G service is being used in Turkey and in many other countries in the world and it is anticipated that 5G will be in service in 2020 at the earliest in Japan and South Korea. At the time being, the race on standardization towards new mobile communications technologies is continuing among Asia, Europe and the USA. In the world, the countries such as South Korea and Japan that lead on 5G, are concentrating on R&D studies to define standards. In 5G mobile network, the focus is on lowering latency and the the strength of the connection as well as increasing speed. For increasing speed, use of hybrid network and increasing spectrum efficiency are on the agenda. In our country, for one year, 5G studies have gained momentum and have become a focus of interest towards our President’s vision that “Turkey must pass on to 5G technology”. For the last one year, we are bringing public, industry and academia cooperation into the forefront with workshops and meetings, like the countries South Korea, Japan and China that are leaders in 5G technology,”.

In recent months, in order to expedite this cooperation and to conduct within a certain program, 5GTR Forum has been established, says Dr. Sayan:

“We have had academicians, related ministries, general directorates, undersecretariats, operators, vendors and some other important firms participated in 5GTR Forum that we initiated at 29th of April 2016. This forum will serve our aims, with regard to 5G technologies, on enhancing R&D in our country and, particularly focusing on product development, domestic products and tech companies as well as to include in-sector and all other related shareholders into the ecosystem. In this regard, on 9th of May 2016, we have organized an activity with participation of KCC, our Ministry, RTÜK, public and private sector executives, and people from civil society and academic world, co-hosted by South Korean Communication Commission and BTK. In following days, we will concentrate on our result-oriented works to increase the level of cooperation on this field. In conclusion, I wish this workshop to be a fruitful and a stimulating activity and I would like to thank to all with warmest regards.” 

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