Nokia, Karel partner to manufacture 4G, 5G base stations

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Nokia has signed a partnership agreement with Karel, a Turkish electronics manufacturer, to manufacture 4G and 5G base stations in Turkey.

The companies intend to start producing 4G base stations for the local market by mid 2022. With 5G expected to become commercial in Turkey in 2023, local production is also expected to include 5G base stations.

Ozgur Erzincan, Country Senior Officer Turkey at Nokia: “We are very excited about this announcement. Turkey is an important market for Nokia, where we have strong business and long-standing, trusted relationships with our customers. Together with Karel, we will be able to fulfill all the domestic product demand from our customers for now and in the future.”

Sinan Tunaoğlu, Chairman of the Board, Karel “We are going through a period of significant change, in which technology develops very rapidly and the transition to new generation communication systems is ongoing. As Karel, we are moving forward with the vision and goal of becoming a global player in the field of technology with our R&D, qualified production power, knowledge and experience. Today, we are very excited about this cooperation that we started with Nokia, one of the world’s leading technology companies. We believe that this will create a long-term, growing and value-adding alliance.”

Karel has one of the most advanced R&D departments in Turkey in the communication electronics field today, and the company’s modern facilities are compliant with international standards.

Established with 100 percent domestic capital, Karel is the market leader in Turkey and among the top 15 manufacturers globally, exporting products and technologies to more than 30 countries.

Karel has created the electronic telephone exchange market in Turkey in 1986 with its original designs, provided PBX products to this market and pioneered Turkey’s transition from electromechanical systems to electronic systems in communications.

Established with hundred percent domestic capital, Karel has the most advanced R&D department in Turkey in communication electronics field today and facilities are compliant with international standards. Today, Karel is the market leader in Turkey that exports products and technologies to more than 30 countries, and is amongst the top 15 manufacturers of the world.

Karel is the market leader in PBXs by far in Turkey according to the reports of all international and national research institutes. Today, more than 700,000 businesses are using Karel PBXs. Over 50% of the business communication traffic is performed via Karel systems in Turkey. Karel is positioned amongst the top 500 industrial organizations in Turkey.

In its main field, namely the telecommunications, Karel develops and produces wired or wireless communication systems with different technologies, features and capacities. Major products consist of special PBXs with small, middle and large capacities and peripherals to these PBXs, IP call centers and etc. in the superstructure class; and rural PBXs and interconnection PBXs in the infrastructure class.

Following the advancements in technology closely and being a pioneer in the technology, Karel has reinforced this position with Unified Communication Solutions. Consequently, Karel also operates in the visual communication and security systems field, and performs sales and project based applications for the intruder alarm systems market. Karel sells its products via its own distribution network consisting of Karel authorized dealers domestically, and via distributors abroad.

Karel also imports some complementary products in the cover of its activities in the telecommunications field. Karel also carries out turn-key projects for the Public and Private Sector organizations by cooperating with some foreign companies. As an electronic systems manufacturer, Karel mainly operates in the household appliances electronics design and production field in relation with this field of activity.