Hayek committee calls for permission to examine IEC’s telecom plans

4 Feb 2011

The committee led by Amir Hayek which is currently examining Israeli fixed line incumbent Bezeq’s fees has reportedly called on the minister of communications (MoC) Moshe Kahlon to allow it to discuss the proposed entry of power company Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) to the country’s telecoms sector. According to Globes Online, the committee has cited a clause in its mandate that allows it to consider ‘new issues’, although this clause requires that the working group gain prior permission to review any subject not included in its original letter of appointment. It is understood that the committee wishes to consider what sort of impact IEC’s entry to the sector might have, as it considers that it may prove critical in expanding the Israeli telecoms infrastructure market. There are, however, no plans to question the IEC venture’s activity, or to propose the setting of conditions for its entry to the market; the group only wants to take an overview of the enterprise.

Israel, Bezeq (Israel Telecommunication Corporation), Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), Ministry of Communications