Turkcell's 'Snowdrops' Project Receives United Nations Recognition

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Turkcell's 'Snowdrops' Project Receives United Nations Recognition

ISTANBUL, March 1, 2010--     Turkcell (NYSE: TKC, ISE: TCELL), the leading communications and
technology company in Turkey, announces that 'Snowdrops', its education
project for Turkish girls, is to feature prominently at the United Nations
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action sessions which are taking place
in New York on 1 March 2010.

    'Snowdrops' ('Kardelenler' in Turkish) is the girls' education project
set up 10 years ago by Turkcell and is being recognised as part of the United
Nations Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action program which runs from 1
-12 March 2010 in New York.

    Snowdrops is a social responsibility project that has provided
scholarships for about 20,000 female students in Turkey. Some 8,666 students
have graduated from high school due to Snowdrops and of those 2,707 students
have entered universities, producing 755 graduates to date.

    During the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women session, a
special panel will discuss "Snowdrops: Turkey's Success Story." The panel
includes the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Rachel N. Mayanja, Turkey's
Minister of State Responsible for Women and Families, Selma Aliye Kavaf,
Turkey's United Nations Permanent Representative, Ambassador Ertugrul
Apakan, Turkcell Deputy CEO, Koray Ozturkler, and a 'Kardelen' who is
currently studying at one of the leading universities in Turkey.

    Commenting, Turkcell's Deputy CEO, Koray Ozturkler, said: "Being featured
at the UN is a great honor for Turkcell. For the past 10 years our Snowdrops
project has been driven by our desire to create equal opportunities in
education for girls in Turkey. Under the umbrella of the UN, we hope that
Snowdrops will inspire the world. Our wish is that Snowdrops will be the
start of many more successful, similar programs in Turkey and all over the
world."

    Since 2000, Snowdrops has won 4 international awards and 12 local awards
and has become one of Turkey's most high profile social projects. The
National Geographic Channel photographer, Tino Soriano, has showcased
Snowdrops at the publication's photo exhibitions in New York and Turkey. This
work was also featured as a documentary on the National Geographic television
channel.

    The United Nations Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was
created 15 years ago at the Fourth World Conference on Women (held in Beijing
in September 1995). Its objective is to foster gender equality and it has
already made considerable progress throughout the world in increasing the
role of women economically, socially, culturally and politically.

    ABOUT TURKCELL

    Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company
in Turkey with 36.0 million postpaid and prepaid customers as of September
30, 2009 operating in a three player market with a market share of
approximately 56% as of September 30, 2009 (Source: operators'
announcements). Turkcell is the technology leader in this market, providing
EDGE technology across the country. Turkcell also provides high quality data
and voice services to 72% of the population (as at 2009 year end) through the
implementation of its 3G technology. Turkcell provides roaming with 628
operators in 206 countries (as of September 18, 2009). Serving a large
subscriber base in Turkey with its high-quality wireless telephone network,
Turkcell reported $1.6 billion net revenue for the quarter ended September
30, 2009 as per its IFRS financial statements. Turkcell has interests in
international mobile operations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Moldova, Northern Cyprus and Ukraine which, together with its Turkish
operations, had approximately 61.9 million subscribers as of September 30,
2009. Turkcell has been listed on the NYSE and the ISE since July 2000 and is
the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. 51.00% of Turkcell's share capital is
held by Turkcell Holding, 0.05% by Cukurova Group, 13.07% by Sonera Holding,
2.32% by M.V. Group and 0.08% by others while the remaining 33.48% is free
float.

   
    For further information please contact Turkcell

    Nihat Narin, Investor and International Media Relations
    Tel: +90-212-313-1244
    Email: nihat.narin@turkcell.com.tr

    Sahver Binici, Investor and International Media Relations
    Tel: +90-212-313-2239
    Email: sahver.binici@turkcell.com.tr
    investor.relations@turkcell.com.tr

    http://www.turkcell.com.tr

Source: Turkcell

For further information please contact Turkcell: Nihat Narin, Investor and International Media Relations, Tel: +90-212-313-1244, Email: nihat.narin@turkcell.com.tr; Sahver Binici, Investor and International Media Relations, Tel: +90-212-313-2239, Email: sahver.binici@turkcell.com.tr, investor.relations@turkcell.com.tr

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