Partner fibre-based telecom trials delayed

2 Sep 2009

Israeli cellco Partner Communications’ planned trial of fibre-based telecoms services in partnership with the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) have been delayed, according to Globes Online. It is understood that neither of the two companies have yet submitted a formal request for permission to undertake the trial, and the Ministry of Communication (MoC) has suggested that the delay could stem from IEC’s workers committees holding up plans as part of their struggle against proposed reforms at the electric company. An IEC spokesman, however, claimed that there was no delay to the process.

While Partner’s plans to trial fibre-based services have been welcomed by the Israeli antitrust authority, which said it hopes that such a move could enhance competition in the sector, operators including HOT-Telecommunication Systems have opposed the proposals. In addition, IEC’s previous attempts at promoting its fibre-optic network for telecoms services have been opposed by various ministries, which it is believed want to complete reforms and streamlining at the company prior to opening the fibre network up.