Israeli ministries reach deal over IDF spectrum return

10 May 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) have finally struck a deal under which the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) will vacate spectrum required for the country’s cellcos to launch 4G services. According to Globes Online, as per the agreement the MoF will pay the IDF for the return of the frequencies in question, although the exact amount it will pay has not been disclosed. For its part, the MoF has confirmed that it expects the spectrum to be vacated by the end of 2013.

Despite the progress, the report notes that obstacles to a commercial launch of 4G services in Israel remain, due in part to continued delays by the Ministry of Communications (MoC) and the tenders committee in completing work related to how LTE-suitable spectrum will be allocated.

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