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Q: Internet users in Turkey ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Internet users in Turkey
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: cimbom-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 28 Dec 2005 10:41 PST
Expires: 27 Jan 2006 10:41 PST
Question ID: 610553
How many Internet users are there in Turkey? How about in the city of Istanbul?
How many broadband users are there?
A great answer would have historical figures (2000-2005) and estimates
for the future (thru 2008 maybe?).

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 10 Jan 2006 11:14 PST

There are only very limited statistics available for internet use in
Turkey, and none (that I found) for Istanbul proper.  Presumably,
though, much, if not most, of the country's use is concentrated in

Available statistics include:

--Overall internet use for 2005

--broadband use for 2001-2005

I did not see any projections for growth, however.

Will those stats meet your needs?


Clarification of Question by cimbom-ga on 10 Jan 2006 12:55 PST
First off, thanks for your hard work.

If the available statistics are triangulated from several sources,
that would be extremely valuable. If it's just one source and you're
not confident in its accuracy, however, I would have a hard time
trusting the answer.

Is that helpful?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 10 Jan 2006 13:00 PST
The statistics are from two well-respected sources, one a marketing
data firm, and the other an international organization.

Here is some of the trends data -- search the page for [ turkey ] to
pinpoint the statistics of interest to you:,2340,en_2825_495656_2496764_1_1_1_1,00.html#timeseries

I'm not sure what you have in mind by "triangulation" of the data, but
the sources I found are likely the best stats available.

Let me know if I should post them all as an answer to your question.  


Clarification of Question by cimbom-ga on 10 Jan 2006 13:49 PST
Go ahead and post it please, and thanks a lot for the research.
Subject: Re: Internet users in Turkey
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 11 Jan 2006 07:17 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for getting back to me, and I'm glad to hear that the sources I
found will meet your needs.  Here they are:

Internet Usage and Marketing Report

Internet Usage Statistics:
10,220,000 Internet users as of Sept/2005, 13.9% of the population,
according to Computer Industry Almanac.

Latest Population Estimate:
74,709,412 population for 2006, according to

OECD Indicators -- Availability of DSL lines

10% of the population in Turkey lived in areas that provived DSL coverage

OECD Indicators -- Broadband Subscribers

1.1 out of every 100 people in Turkey had DSL access

[I read the above two statistics as saying that 10% of the population
had potential access to DSL, as they lived in areas that provided the
service, while only 1.1% of the population had actual access to DSL ]

Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, by technology, June 2005

Turkey -- 1.2 per 100 people have broadband

Total Subscribers -- 862,843


Perhpas the motherlode of statistics comes directly from the Turkish
national statistics agency:
[NOTE:  The reports here will download as large spreadsheet files, and
are presented in English]

November 2005

"According to the results of  ICT Usage Survey on Households and
Individuals carried out in June, 2005,  8.66 % of households have
access to the Internet at home. It was 7.02 % in the same period of
the previous year.

In the period of April-June 2005, of all the individuals in 16-74 age
group, proportion of computer use is 17.65 % and Internet use is 13.93
%. Those proportions are 23.16 % and 18.57 % for urban areas, 8.28 %
and 6.05 % for rural areas respectively.  Proportions of computer and
Internet use were 16.80 % and 13.25% in the same period of the
previous year.

Modem (dial up access over normal telephone line) and DSL (ADSL, SDSL
etc.) are the most widely used Internet connection types with 52.27 %
and 19.27 % respectively

According to the survey results 67.65 % of households with Internet
access at home provide Internet connection via PC."


Proportion of households having devices for Internet access            				

PC -- 5.86%

Laptop -- 0.74%							

Mobile phone -- 3.21%	

Any of the above -- 8.66% 	

[ Note:  From my reading of the statistics, the 8.66% is the percent
of households with internet access.  Overall internet access is
higher, since many people access the internet from work, or from
internet cafes ]

Table 3: Proportion of households by types of Internet connection (%)											

Modem (dial up access over normal telephone line) or ISDN -- 52.27%	

DSL (ADSL, SDSL etc.) -- 19.27%	

Other broadband connection (e.g. cable, UMTS, etc)-- 1.09%	

Mobile phone over narrowband (WAP, GPRS, etc.)-- 37.04%


By the way, there's a report for sale ($50) that covers much of the
available information for Turkey, in case it's of interest:
Turkey - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market Overview and Internet

Table 9 - Internet users - 1996 - 2004  
Table 10 - Internet host computers - 1994 - 2004 


I trust this information fully answers your question.

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If there's anything more I can do for you, just post a Request
for Clarification, and I'm happy to assist you further.


search strategy -- Made use of bookmarked sites, along with a Google
search on [ internet demographics turkey ]
cimbom-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Great job finding what I believe was hard to find data. I'm very
satisfied with the answer.

Subject: Re: Internet users in Turkey
From: pafalafa-ga on 12 Jan 2006 08:49 PST

Thank you so much...appreciate the kind feedback.


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