HOT-Telecommunication requests preferential treatment in WiMAX bid

4 Sep 2008

Globes Online is reporting that HOT-Telecommunication Systems (HOT) has asked the Ministry of Communications for preference in the allocation of wireless frequencies for a WiMAX network; the cableco is understood to want both 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz frequencies for the wireless broadband network. HOT CEO David Kaminitz believs that HOT was discriminated against in the WiMAX frequencies hearing, arguing that other operators have been given preferential treatment at its expense. A letter from Kaminitz to the Ministry of Communications director general, Mordechai Mordechai, noted, ‘We heard at the hearing that the ministry intends to give priority for the allocation of WiMAX frequencies to a new cellular operator, and then to MIRS Communications.’ Kaminitz argues that HOT should also be considered a preferred choice for any frequencies made available, due to its position as a universal service provider; he contends that operators including 012 Smile.Communications should not receive preference when they have no universal service obligations.