Cellcom and Bezeq renew discussions on linking for cell sites

23 Sep 2009

Israel’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Cellcom, has reportedly restarted negotiations with Bezeq over the purchase of transmitters for its base stations, according to Globes Online. The move comes after Cellcom had previously opted to terminate its contract with the Israeli incumbent by the end of 2010; Cellcom relies on Bezeq for links to around 400 base stations due to difficulties in reaching some of the sites and a lack of suitable fibre-optic infrastructure in those areas. The latest round of negotiations is understood to relate to 200 sites that Bezeq remains unable to connect to independently. The other 200 sites previously connected via Bezeq are expected to be linked through Cellcom’s own fibre infrastructure or through access using the network of HOT-Telecommunication Systems. Initial negotiations between Cellcom and Bezeq fell apart after the former pressed for a reduction in the transmission rates charged by Bezeq.