Bezeq hires consultancy to help challenge MoC recommendations

7 May 2009

According to Globes Online, Israeli incumbent Bezeq has employed the services of international consultancy firm LECG Corporation. The move comes as the operator looks to fight recommendations made by the Ministry of Communications (MoC) and the Gronau Committee, particularly with reference to the introduction of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and local loop unbundling. It is understood that LECG has prepared a report for the telco on the MoC’s MVNO plans that finds that allowing virtual operators will not boost competition, as the MoC claims. It is also believed that the report contradicts the MoC’s conclusions on the current level of competition in the wireless sector. Bezeq’s mobile subsidiary, Pelephone, was the third largest cellco by subscribers at end-December 2008, with 2.65 million customers, representing a 28.8% market share.