Bezeq to move all telephony subscribers to VoIP

9 Dec 2008

Globes Online is reporting that Israeli fixed line operator Bezeq aims to migrate all of its telephony subscribers to voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services within three to five years. Bezeq has also announced its intention to discontinue its existing telephone network when the switchover is complete. The Ministry of Communications (MoC) is understood to have approved the plans following a fall in the incumbent’s market share. The regulator has stipulated that the operator may only change the underlying technology used for offering telephony services, and no new VoIP-based services can be launched. Phone subscribers not taking internet services from Bezeq are also expected to be moved to the alternative technology, and the operator has noted prices for these customers will remain the same.