AVEA ILETISIM HIZMETLERI A.S.
AVEA ILETISIM HIZMETLERI A.S. the sole GSM 1800 mobile operator of Turkey, was founded in 2004. Offering services to 98% of Turkey's population through its next generation network, the company is growing fast both in the corporate and individual services with the brand "Avea" and constantly investing in technology and infrastructure as well as in its management and around 3000 employees. Having roaming agreements with 644 operators in 197 countries, the company continues to expand its roaming partnerships. As GSM sector's youngest, most dynamic and the alternative operator, Avea brought a new competitive environment to Turkish GSM market. The privatization of 55% of Türk Telekom's shares was completed in November 2005, by Oger Telecom's acquisition 55% of Türk Telekom's shares. In September 2006, Türk Telekom acquired Telecom Italia's shares of 40.6% in Avea. Turk Telekom now holds 89,99% of the shares in Avea. The remaining 10,01% belongs to Is Bankasi.