MoC to postpone VoIP debate

11 Jan 2006

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) will postpone this weeks’ scheduled debate on the regulation of voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services in the country due to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s ill health, according to business paper Globes. With Sharon in hospital, Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is responsible for the communications portfolio, but VoIP is currently some way from the top of his agenda. Fixed line operators HOT, Bezeq and Bezeq International are all due to attend the hearing, alongside numerous cable operators and other interested parties, including ISPs and cellcos. Key issues to be discussed at the hearing include interconnection tariffs and the licensing of VoIP operators.