AN ASSESSMENT OF LOCALIZATION POLICIES IN TURKEY: THE CASE OF MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATION SECTOR

2022-9
Acar, Musa
The primary purpose of this thesis is to evaluate Turkey's innovation policies in the mobile telecommunications sector. A limited number of global companies produce mobile telecommunication technologies. These companies dominate the infrastructure market. Policymakers in Turkey have set domestic production in the electronic communications sector as a target in many strategy documents. ULAK company was established, and HTK, which hosts approximately 150 companies, has formed for production in the industry. On the other hand, mobile operators are obliged to purchase domestic goods with concession and authorization documents. This thesis defines an innovation system by consolidating the stated policies. What are the drivers and barriers in the system is the main research question of this thesis. For the research, semi-structured interviews, secondary data sources, and document analysis methods were preferred. The findings obtained as a result of the research were classified on a functional basis. v Finally, the policymakers underline the domestic production targets for both 5G and subsequent generations in many policy documents. This thesis proposes relevant policy instruments to overcome policy barriers based on the findings.

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Citation Formats
M. Acar, “AN ASSESSMENT OF LOCALIZATION POLICIES IN TURKEY: THE CASE OF MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATION SECTOR,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.