Golan Telecom asks for tower building permit exemption extension

26 Sep 2013

Israeli mobile network operator Golan Telecom has lodged a petition in the High Court of Justice calling for an extension to its exemption from having to obtain building permits for the building of small cellular antennas. According to Globes Online, in filing the petition the cellco noted that it currently has 708 cell sites in operation, but has said it is worried it will not be able to continue constructing new base stations when the current exemption expires at the end of this month. As such, it has argued that, were the exemption not to be extended, it may struggle to meet a promise made as part of its licence award to construct at least 2,500 new sites with a view to providing nationwide coverage. Meanwhile, the nation’s other newer mobile network operator HOT Mobile – both HOT and Golan launched commercial services in May 2012 – is also understood to have petitioned the High Court of Justice to extend its exemption from building permits. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is not believed to be keen to grant the extension, though the Ministry of Communications is understood to support the carriers.

Israel, Golan Telecom, HOT Mobile