The information and communication technologies sector grew by 22%


TUBISAD announced the “Information and Communication Technology Sector Market Data and Trends” for 2020 with an online meeting. At the meeting, the opening speeches were made by Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, TÜBİSAD Chairman of the Board of Directors Levent Kızıltan, Deloitte Turkey Partner Hakan Göl and TÜBİSAD Presidents Council Chairman and Index Group Chairman of the Board of Directors Erol Bilecik.

In the panel where the information and communication technologies sector was discussed, CONTEXT Turkey Country Manager Erol Kuseyri, TÜBİSAD Board Member and KoçSistem General Manager Mehmet Ali Akarca, TÜBİSAD Board Member and Logo Elektronik General Manager Başak Kural, TÜBİSAD Board Member and Etiya Founding Partner and Senior Manager. Manager (CEO) Aslan Doğan evaluated the market expectations.

In his speech at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır stated that information and communication technologies are among the fastest growing sectors in the world and said, “We are of the opinion that there are important windows of opportunity for our country in the global information and communication market approaching 4 trillion dollars. The size of the technology market has reached approximately 190 billion TL per year.” he said.

Explaining that there were increases in the sector, although many services were interrupted as a result of restrictions during the Kovid-19 epidemic, which affected the whole world, Kacır said:

“The market size of the sector in Turkey has increased by approximately 22 percent in 2020. With technology and digitalization that permeates every aspect of our lives, companies and even our public institutions digitize their business models, products, services and processes according to changing consumer behaviors. Changes in each step create a butterfly effect, creating a big impact. It is starting a transformation. The trend of spreading in digital transformation has now reached an irreversible point. It is clear that the technology fields that will have an impact on the industry in the coming years are emerging technologies such as cloud computing, 5G and beyond connection technologies, artificial intelligence, big data, cyber security, and blockchain. We see.

One of the top priority areas of digital transformation policies is data policies. As the Ministry of Industry and Technology, we are making an effort to define the data that must remain in Turkey in terms of strategic and security, to determine their security levels, storage and communication standards together with the relevant stakeholders, and to establish the framework legislation.”

“All stakeholders have a duty to develop the IT sector”

TUBISAD Chairman of the Board of Directors Levent Kızıltan said: “We know that in the light of the data, we will witness a global information and communication market outlook that has reached the level of 5 trillion dollars with an annual growth of 5.3 percent in 2025. When we evaluate the place that Turkey will take in this table before us, the years 2016 and 2020 are While it is pleasing to see an average annual growth of 20 percent in TL terms, we can say that the negative impact of exchange rate pressure on the future projection of our sector is obvious in light of the 1 percent contraction in dollar terms. made its assessment.

Kızıltan said, “We see that the igniting power of our growth in exports is the Information Technologies-Software category with a share of 35 percent. We believe that the way for Turkey to become a playmaker in the global digital ecosystem is that we become a software center for the European region, where we have the highest commercial volume. On the way to our goal, of course, we need to implement many political, economic and institutional solutions.” said.

TUBISAD Presidents Council Chairman and Index Group Chairman of the Board Erol Bilecik stated that leading countries such as Germany, Japan, China and the USA in industry 4.0 or new generation industry are in the first league and said, “In these countries, information technologies have an important place in the economy, Of course, it is not a coincidence. There is a very strong relationship between the welfare level of countries and the information sector. In our country, all stakeholders, from the public to large institutions, from NGOs to entrepreneurs and SMEs, have a duty to develop the information sector.” he said.

“The employment of the information and communication technologies sector increased to 158 thousand people”

According to the report of TÜBİSAD, the employment of the information and communication technologies sector, which exports 10 billion 520 million TL, increased to 158 thousand people.

In the report, remote working and distance education, social distance in the physical world, virtual social life, the rise of e-commerce, Turkey’s first unicorn, increasing data usage and strong 2020 performance of telecom companies are the prominent developments in the information and communication sector in Turkey. evaluated.

According to the report; 5G and fiber internet, internet of things, smart edge computing, artificial intelligence, cyber security and data privacy technologies became prominent technologies with both market growth expectation and adaptation and transformative impact on the sectors.

While the size of the global information and communication market decreased by 2.2 percent in 2020 to the level of 3.8 trillion dollars, the information technologies market size shrank by 0.2 percent and the communication technologies market size by 4%. After the global information and communication market size reached 4.1 trillion dollars with a growth of 8.4 percent in 2021, it is predicted that it will reach 5.0 trillion dollars in 2025 with an annual growth of 5.3 percent.

According to the data, the spread of teleworking and distance education in Turkey caused an increase in the demand for teleconferencing applications and teleworking solutions, while the increase in data usage was reflected in the information and communication technologies sector. It was stated that the spread of remote working and distance education increased the demand for teleconferencing applications and remote working solutions such as cloud switchboard solutions for call centers in Turkey as well as in the world, and it was reflected in the information and communication sector as an increase in data usage.

While mobile and fixed broadband data usage increased by more than 50 percent in 2020, the revenues of the electronic communication sector increased by 16 percent and the investments of the sector increased by 30 percent.

The market size of the Turkish information and communication technologies sector reached 189 billion TL in 2020. Between 2016 and 2020, the annual average growth of the sector on TL basis was 19 percent.

The report revealed that the largest share in total exports is in the Interest Technologies Software category. The total exports of the sector grew by an average of 10 percent annually in terms of dollars in 2016-2020. Although the total sector size decreased by around 1 percent in dollar terms in 2020, the total exports of the sector increased by more than 30 percent.