Partner and Paltel in talks for Jordan link

23 Oct 2008

Globes Online is reporting that Israeli cellco Partner Communications and the Palestine Cellular Telecommunications Company (Palcel), which offers mobile services under the Jawwal brand name, are in talks to link the latter by fibre-optic cable to Jordan. It is understood that the plan involves extending the fibre-optic cable that Partner is currently rolling out, with the aim to connect Palcel and its parent company, Palestine Telecommunications Company (Paltel), to a server farm being established by the latter in Jordan. The server farm is expected to operate both the fixed line and mobile operator’s network switches, moving the setup away from its current location, London; at present, Palcel’s domestic mobile calls within Palestinian territories are effectively routed through the UK. The construction of the server farm by Paltel is expected to allow it to recruit more customers, something that has previously been hindered by the inability of its current infrastructure to handle any increase in traffic. Israel’s Ministry of Defence is understood to oppose the plans.