Regulator tires of NetVision’s attempts to delay HOT’s ISP launch

25 Jan 2011

Israeli internet service provider (ISP) NetVision’s attempts to delay the entry of rival HOT Telecommunication Systems to the broadband sector look to have hit a brick wall, with reports that the Ministry of Communications (MoC) has grown tired of pleas by the former to re-examine the cableco’s designated internet unit. According to Globes Online, the MoC has rejected NetVision’s request for another hearing in the matter, with the regulator allegedly making it clear in a letter to the ISP that it was unhappy with its continued stream of complaints and requests regarding HOT’s entry to the broadband sector as a service provider.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2010 the MoC granted HOT an ISP licence on the proviso that it create a separate company to offer ISP services, similar to fixed line incumbent Bezeq’s setup. Subsequently, earlier this month it was reported that NetVision had claimed that HOT was in breach of the conditions of its new concession, with NetVision handing over documentation to the regulator which it alleged demonstrated that HOT had not only violated the structural separation provisions in its ISP licence, but that the cableco had no intention of complying with them at all.