The Israeli communications minister Moshe Kahlon has revealed that there will be no delay to the proposed auction of a new wireless concession, Globes Online reports. Previously the Ministry of Communications (MoC) had suggested that the UMTS tender could be postponed until issues regarding inland roaming had been resolved, but it is believed that as mobile termination rates are due to be published within a few days the regulator has decided to press forward with the 3G licence tender. The MoC is now expected to launch the sale process on 15 September.
One would-be bidder for the concession is local iDEN operator MIRS Communications, which has already formally announced that it aims to take part in the auction. However, the trunking operator has warned that MoC support on inland roaming remains a critical issue, as it will need to buy services from the country’s three incumbent cellcos: Pelephone, Cellcom and Partner Communications.