Golan Telecom, which finally emerged as one of the two winners of an Israeli 3G concession in August 2011 after a number of other would-be players failed to meet the financial obligations of the licence, has reportedly selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to construct its mobile network. According to Globes Online, the decision to ink a deal with the Finnish vendor was expected, in part, due to links already held between NSN and Golan’s partner, French mobile carrier Free Telecom. The local press source noted that an interview conducted earlier this year with Free Telecom owner Xavier Niel saw the executive state that if Golan bagged the concession it would select NSN for the network deployment.
Globes also noted that, as NSN is also the exclusive vendor for another Israeli operator MIRS Communications, the latter reportedly had to give its consent for the contract between NSN and Golan; it was claimed that MIRS had expressed concern as to whether the vendor would be able to construct the two sets of infrastructure simultaneously.
With Golan having recently inked an inland roaming deal with the market’s largest cellco by subscribers, Cellcom, the selection of a partner for its own network rollout keeps it on track for its expected launch of commercial services in 2012.