Israel’s Communications Ministry to hold UMTS interest hearing

23 Apr 2009

The Israeli Ministry of Communications has announced that it will hold a public hearing to find out whether there is sufficient interest in the country’s unused UMTS frequencies, Globes Online reports. The hearing comes after integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) operator MIRS Communications revealed it was to discontinue its WiMAX plans after the publication of the regulator’s latest WiMAX policy earlier this year. The new proposals did not allow MIRS to bid for WiMAX spectrum, leading it to instead announce that it would consider launching its own 3G network. It is understood, however, that if there is not enough interest in the unused UMTS frequencies the regulator will not be able to publish a tender for them, leaving questions about how the pricing and allocation of the spectrum could be handled.