Turkcell Inks Deal to Use Huawei’s Mobile App

Turkcell Inks Deal to Use Huawei’s Mobile App

Turkish telecommunication firm Turkcell has signed a deal with Chinese giant Huawei to use its mobile app infrastructure, becoming the first provider outside China to use the system, the companies said Wednesday.

The Chinese company developed its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which includes an app store and cloud services after U.S. sanctions effectively prevented it from putting some Google software on its new devices.

There are about 4.6 million mobile users in Turkey with a Huawei ID. Having been active in the country for 17 years, Huawei sees Turkey as a critical hub for developing the HMS ecosystem, Liang Dongbo, the deputy corporate affairs manager of Huawei Turkey said last month.

Dongbo said Huawei has raised its investments to $1 billion to encourage developers to publish their apps through the HMS platform.