MoC reviews WiMAX tender

10 Apr 2008

Israeli news source Globes reports that the Ministry of Communications (MoC) will decide this week whether to hold another hearing on the WiMAX frequencies allocation process, after making a number of revisions to it. If another hearing is held, it will be an abbreviated one in which companies will have to respond within a short time. When the MoC published the original policy late last year it planned to allocate a number of 15MHz frequency bands, but has subsequently opted to allocate two 30MHz bands, meaning that no more than two companies will be able to establish national WiMAX networks. Three companies have so far expressed an interest in the concessions: iDEN network operator MIRS Communications, 012 Smile.Communications and Ethrix Ltd. The ministry is also considering combining the WiMAX concessions with mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences.

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