Israeli Supreme Court blocks no-permit cell site construction

20 Sep 2010

Israeli mobile network operator Cellcom has revealed that the country’s Supreme Court has issued an interim order prohibiting the construction of new cell sites without the need for a building permit. Under prior regulations cellcos have been able to construct new network infrastructure without needing to apply for permissions, but this recent interim order, which was made pursuant to the Israeli Attorney General’s request, will now remain in place until either proposed regulations setting the conditions for the application of the exemption (which were submitted in March 2010 for the approval of the Economy Committee) are enacted or an alternative decision is made.

Following the revelation Cellcom has said that the decision could ‘adversely affect [its] existing network and network build out, particularly given the objection of some local planning and building authorities to grant due permits where required.’

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