Cellcos fear new legislation will delay network rollouts

9 Jan 2006

Israel’s mobile operators are up in arms over proposed regulations that will require all cellular network operators to offer a 100% indemnity to local authorities before constructing base stations within their jurisdiction. The National Planning and Construction Council drew up the legislation to cover for possible lawsuits over impacts on the value of properties in the vicinity of base stations, but cellcos say that the financial burden will be excessive and could result in delays in rolling out infrastructure. The legislation still requires approval from the government.