Bezeq prepared to begin LLU

24 Jan 2006

Israel’s fixed line incumbent Bezeq is prepared to make a dramatic u-turn and offer to unbundled the local loop, according to Globes. Local loop unbundling (LLU) is included – at least in theory – within the provisions of Israel’s existing telecoms legislation, but Bezeq has thus far refused to open up its infrastructure to rivals. However, the telco’s newly installed management team has reportedly offered to begin LLU, so long as it is authorised to offer content provided by DBS Satellite Services, a direct-to-home (DTH) venture, over its ADSL lines in return. Multi-channel TV provider DBS is majority owned by Bezeq and offers DTH services under the brand name Yes.

The state is mindful that a lack of LLU provisioning will reduce or eliminate effective competition and provide a delay in the deployment of LMDS technologies, which are seen as a means of providing an alternative last mile access to homes. The MoC plans to auction frequency allocation for services using LMDS and says several firms are ready to participate in the process.