New directive could mean Israeli cellcos will require permission to construct base stations

9 Mar 2010

The Israeli Minister of the Interior, Eli Yishai, has signed a directive cancelling a waiver that allowed mobile network operators to deploy small base stations without the need for gaining permits from local planning and building commissions, Globes Online reports. Such a move has serious ramifications for all of the Israeli wireless sector’s players, but most notably for MIRS Communications, which is hoping to roll out a new network. The minister signed the directive despite objections from both the Ministry of Communications (MoC) and the Ministry of Finance, and it is now expected that matter will be examined by the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, where the two ministries will likely seek to block final approval of the decree.

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