State to sell WiMAX frequencies in October

1 Aug 2007

According to Israeli Daily The Globes, the Knesset is planning the launch of a tender for the sale of WiMAX concessions from 1 October 2007. The newspaper writes that the Ministry of Finance is proposing that only companies with less than a 25% share of the telecoms market will be allowed to participate in the tender, meaning that the country’s three largest cellcos -Cellcom, Partner and Pelephone – would be excluded from participating. The exclusion is driven by the fear that they would acquire the wireless broadband frequencies just to keep them out of the hands of competitors, thereby harming competition. The decision to allow Israel’s fourth wireless network operator – MIRS Communications – to participate in the tender is important in that it could enable it to develop a network that would be capable of challenging its competitors’ 3G networks.

Israel, HOT Mobile