HOT Telecom, the communications provider owned and operated by Israel’s three cable TV operators Golden Channels, Matav and Tevel, has contracted Nortel for the next stage of its cable telephony network upgrade. Nortel will be the lead systems integrator for the upgrade, which will enable HOT to deliver new revenue-generating services such as managed VoIP, instant messaging and presence awareness to business and residential customers. HOT plans to deploy Nortel’s IMS-ready, carrier-grade IP-based solution using network engineering, integration, operation and maintenance services from the vendor’s Global Services portfolio. The upgrade is expected to be complete by the end of 2006.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, HOT Telecom was formed in November 2003. It launched broadband services for corporate users, including IP VPN and data transmission in March 2004; Matav, Tevel and Golden Channels continue to use their own branding for residential products. HOT rolled out VoIP to corporate users in November 2004, in direct competition to fixed line incumbent Bezeq; its parent companies launched consumer IP telephony in October 2005. Between them they had 91,180 VoIP users at the end of 2005.