Ankara - Post Report Question and Answers

Is high-speed home Internet access available? How long does it typically take to install it after arrival?

The Embassy will have your internet ready to go on arrival and is wireless, through the phone lines. Speeds are fast enough for streaming and internet browsing, but the signal will periodically cut out. Would definitely recommend investing in a VPN service. - Sep 2020


For USG personnel, you can work with management staff to have internet installed prior to arrival. These details are in the welcome material you receive from post prior to arrival. Internet was generally good, and we streamed via Apple TV. Cost for a mid-range package was perhaps $30 a month. Cable tv was also pretty good, with the family package providing several English language channels (sports, news, entertainment) for about $20 a month. You got bills electronically, and it is important you retain your original installation paperwork to establish an auto payment arrangement from your Turkish bank account to pay your monthly bills. There is a branch of Garanti Bank at the embassy through which we established our EFTs. - Oct 2018


Internet is cheap and fast, and installed quickly. - Oct 2018


Yes, and we have had no issues with internet. We are able to stream everything we want. - Sep 2018


We have DSL in our apartment and it was installed prior to our arrival. It is fast enough to to stream and it costs us the equivalent of $70 per month for the best package. - Jul 2018


Yes, and we've never had issues, even during the coup. - Oct 2017


Yes, post will ask you what you are interested in and usually have it installed prior to your arrival. - Sep 2017


Internet is very good and inexpensive. The embassy will arrange installation for you before you arrive at post. You can arrange to have the speed increased once you arrive. I've found the service to be better than I had available in the US. - Jun 2017


Yes. GSO can help set it up before you arrive. But even "unlimited" data isn't really. It can slow quite a bit during peak times. - Sep 2016


Reasonable priced and reliable most of the time. - Jun 2016


Easily available and cheap internet. We streamed five devices at once and no one hiccuped. It gets slow in the evenings as people get home. I strongly recommend a VPN, we use the Buffalo Cloakbox from Witopia. - Aug 2015


Yes. - Apr 2015


Yes, moderate cost. We are very happy with our service. - Feb 2015


Yes. - Jun 2014


Yes, around US$40. - Apr 2014


Yes, reasonable. - Mar 2014


Yes and cheap. - Mar 2014


High -ish speed is available, but we have monthly outages. - Jul 2013


It's an ok speed; cost is around $40/month. - Aug 2011


Yes. About $30 to $40 a month. - Jul 2010


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