Carl-Henric Svanberg, the president and CEO of the Sweden-based telecommunications provider, paid a courtesy visit to the prime minister on Thursday, a company statement said. Svanberg also met with executives from Turkey’s telecom sector. During the half-hour meeting, Svanberg presented Erdoğan with an Ericsson telephone featuring a crescent-and-star design like that of the Turkish flag used during the inauguration of the telephone exchange office in the Aegean city of İzmir in 1925.
Ericsson made its first investment in Turkey by establishing a telephone line at the Dolmabahçe Palace in İstanbul in 1890. The line is still in operation. Ericsson is a leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 175 countries utilize Ericsson’s network equipment, and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through the company’s systems.