Please describe the scope of their work.
This project handled the data coming from the WAP gateway; we have an [external transfer rate] that transfers the data into the format that we require and storing the data. For regulatory purposes, we have to store the data for a certain amount of time. One advantage of using a data system was that we had a significant savings on storage.
It was about two times what we had before, and in addition to the regulatory purposes, I call the [assurance/insurance] team regularly to [prepare some reports] to present to certain upper management or a related team. We had to use that system to answer those requests as well.
Furthermore, customer care was also interested in receiving certain information from these logs related to our customers. This system was designed to store the data in an efficient way and [log queries] for different team, such as quality assurance and customer care. The challenge was also to provide similar response times to these types of queries when compared to the previous ones.
How do you select companies for the incubator?
We have phone calls where we state what types of companies we are interested in. Companies apply through our website. We receive applications from more than a hundred of these types of companies that want to work with us. We have a two-phase selection process. In the first one, we look into their project and how it relates to our own business. In the second level, these companies present their projects to our upper management, including our CEO, CTO, and CIO network. If upper management selects them, they are accepted into our incubation center.
The advantage here is that all of their projects are approved by upper management, so their products are very likely to be purchased. We do not give them purchase guarantees at the beginning. They have to make sure their products are high quality.
Are they only Turkish companies, and does the Turkish government help?
Initially, it was only Turkish companies because it was easier for them. We have offices in our premises that we provide for them, and they can access our test lab, which is a small replica of our own networking and IT [information technology] equipment lab. That is a big plus for them to work on our equipment.
We have been to Boston several times, and we are open to international startups that want to do business with our operators. However, we haven’t had any applications yet. We are located in Istanbul.