We continued to deliver the highest quality services to Turkey's largest mobile subscriber base, with population coverage of 99.07 percent, geographic coverage of 86.97 percent and EDGE coverage of 100 percent in our network, in 2G technology, as of December 31, 2010. We maintained our leadership of 3G in Turkey with population coverage of around 82 percent.
As a first among global 2G/3G operators, we used the iDirect VSAT systems under "3G service via satellite communication" technology, linking the 3G base station to the network via satellite. Consequently, we were able to offer 3G speeds usually only available in urban areas anywhere within the borders of our country (in rural areas to which the infrastructure companies cannot bring service, and where microwave communication is impossible under severe weather conditions, during disasters and festivals, etc.).
Two of Turkcell's six Radio Network Controllers ranked first and second in data speed among 657 RNCs to be evaluated in the Global 3G Performance Comparison Report issued by Ericsson in 2010.
We provide an international roaming service via 662 operators in 208 countries as of December 31, 2010. We cover 95 percent of the world and 100 percent of Europe in terms of number of countries. We also continue to enable our customers to experience 3G speed abroad via 204 operators in 108 countries.