Israeli mobile operator Cellcom is considering upgrading its soon-to-be obsolete TDMA network to enable it to be used by a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), according to Globes Online. Cellcom will transfer its entire customer base to GSM infrastructure in the next 18 months, but has no desire to dismantle its TDMA network and is currently investigating the possibility of teaming up with an outside investor to form a joint venture MVNO.
Meanwhile, the director of Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has confirmed that fixed and mobile number portability (FMNP) is on track to be implemented by the end of the year. An industry forum overseeing the introduction of FMNP had asked the MoC that a one-year postponement of the plan be appended to the 2006 Economic Arrangements Bill, in case operators were unable to meet the year-end deadline, but this was rejected by the government. ‘It is very important for consumers that this plan be implemented quickly,’ MoC director Avi Balashnikov told Globes. ‘Therefore, there will be no postponement, and it will go ahead on the date scheduled.’