Israeli mobile network operator Golan Telecom has reportedly been granted permission by the Ministry of Communications (MoC) to carry out a technology trial over the network of fixed line incumbent Bezeq. According to Globes Online, the development comes as Golan is said to be examining whether it may be worthwhile to enter the fixed line arena in view of the consolidation of the country’s telecommunications companies, coupled with the regulator’s policy of allowing every carrier to offer a comprehensive services plan. Under Golan Telecom’s plans it will reportedly carry out tests over Bezeq’s ADSL and VDSL networks for the provision of internet and pay-TV services, while it will also provide video-on-demand (VOD) services; around 100 customers are expected to take part in the trials.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Golan Telecom is Israel’s newest mobile network operator, having launched commercially in May 2012. Less than eight months after inaugurating its network, in January 2013 Michael Golan, the operator’s CEO, claimed that the cellco has reached the 200,000 subscriber milestone. Commenting on the speed of uptake, Mr Golan noted: ‘As of now, we have more than 200,000 subscribers, and no one in Israeli history recruited 200,000 customers in seven months.’