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Israel confirms it will reduce fixed line interconnection rates

30 Oct 2013

Israel’s communications minister Gilad Erdan is said to have accepted the recommendation of the Ministry of Communications’ (MoC’s) expert committee which suggested cutting fixed line interconnections fee to ILS0.099 (USD0.028) per minute, Globes Online reports. Arguments by the country’s fixed line operators Bezeq and HOT Telecommunication Systems, both of which had been pressing for a higher charge, were reportedly rejected, while mobile operators such as Cellcom and Partner saw calls for a lower fee similarly turned down.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in August 2013 the MoC outlined plans to reduce fixed line interconnection fees from the current level of ILS0.0104 per minute. At that date it was said that, while final rate would not be set until after the communications minister had concluded discussions with the country’s telecoms carriers, the decision to update the pricing structure had been prompted by comments from carriers and a correction in the calculation of fixed termination charges.

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