Middle East news source Globes Online is reporting that Israeli cellco Pelephone is poised to begin internal trials of its new UMTS network, with company employees expected to be issued compatible handsets within the next few days. Additionally, it has been reported that the mobile operator has completed overseas trials of the new network infrastructure. Pelephone is reported to have invested approximately ILS1 billion (USD265.7 million) on the new infrastructure, and commercial services are expected to be launched in early 2009.
In separate but related news, TTI Team Telecom has announced that it will provide its fault management solution for Pelephone’s UMTS network; the rollout of the solution has already started, with two phases already confirmed as delivered and completion of integration expected by the end of 2008. No financial details of the deal have been revealed.