MIRS eyes lower guarantee after Golan takes 3G licence

21 Jul 2011

Israeli mobile operator MIRS Communications has said that it will not contest the recent decision to hand an Israeli 3G licence to Golan Telecom in the wake of Select Communications’ failure to meet the financial obligations of the concession. However, according to Globes Online, MIRS has instead decided to hold off to see whether Golan can raise the ILS360 million (USD105 million) financial guarantee it requires as part of its new licence. Should Golan secure funding it is claimed that MIRS expects the Ministry of Communications (MoC) to lower the guarantee that it must provide; as one of the winning bidders in the April 2011 auction for two 3G licences, MIRS was required to pay an ILS705 million guarantee. MIRS’ reasoning for the reduction in its guarantee is that both Marathon Telecom – the original winner of the second licence – and Select drove up the auction price, only for both to fail in raising the guarantee.

The report also claims that MIRS is aiming to make its first mobile call over its new 3G network in October 2011 as part of its trials and testing ahead of a full commercial launch, which is now expected in the first quarter of 2012.