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A 100 percent electric autonomous vehicle was tested for the
first time at the 5G Technology Campus, which was established in
cooperation with Turkcell, ITU and Ericsson. The bus, which was
driven without a driver within the campus, detected pedestrians on
the road and automatically braked to give way to the students.
Turkcell General Manager Ali Taha Koç said that they will take a
wide range of innovative steps with the projects they
implement.

“5G Technology Campus” established in cooperation with Istanbul
Technical University (ITU), Turkcell and Ericsson started studies
at ITU Ayazağa Campus. Following the signing ceremony attended by
ITU Rector Prof. Dr. İsmail Koyuncu, Turkcell General Manager Dr.
Ali Taha Koç and Ericsson Turkiye General Manager Işıl Yalçın,
connection speed and efficiency measurements were made on the
autonomous bus that will be supported by Turkcell 5G test
infrastructure. A 100 percent electric autonomous vehicle connected
via 5G was driven without a driver within the campus. The bus
automatically braked by detecting pedestrians on the road, stopped
at pedestrian crossings and gave way to students.

R&D cooperation between ITU, Turkcell and Ericsson will
offer students and academics the opportunity to work actively in
research and development projects for 5G. The project is aimed to
play an important role in training qualified human resources for
the telecommunications ecosystem and technology industry. Built on
Turkcell’s superior fibre infrastructure, the 5G test network will
be integrated with Turkcell network management systems with
equipment such as the core network and new generation smart
antennas provided by Ericsson.

Turkcell General Manager Dr. Ali Taha Koç said the following
within the scope of the signed agreement: “New generation 5G
technology; It will have a transformative impact on all industries,
from education to health, from transportation to industry, in the
near future. With the 5G Technology Campus project, we bring
together academics and young minds with the business world and
realise various usage scenarios and practical applications of the
latest technologies. We continue our efforts to offer the first and
pioneering new generation mobile networks for individuals and
institutions. In the coming years, we will introduce many
innovations with similar R&D projects and continue to expand
the domestic technology ecosystem. “With this knowledge, we will
continue our leadership and guidance in our country’s transition to
5G technology.”

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Istanbul Technical University
(ITU) Rector Prof. Dr. İsmail Koyuncu said, “This collaboration
offers unique opportunities for our students and researchers by
bringing together the academic knowledge of our university with
industry and technology. The established 5G test network will serve
as a test environment for researchers. It will also enable our
students to participate in 5G studies and participate in the
development of technology solutions.”

Ericsson Turkiye General Manager Işıl Yalçın said, “The launch
of the 5G Technology Campus on the Istanbul Technical University
campus is a step in our joint efforts to build a more connected
digital future using emerging technologies. Ericsson and Turkcell
have been partnering since the introduction of 2G mobile
communications in Turkiye. The two companies are in close
cooperation to establish state-of-the-art mobile telecommunication
networks to improve the quality of life of the country and the
region.”

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