Cellcom follows Partner in launching limited 4G service

4 Aug 2014

Israeli mobile network operator Cellcom has become the country’s second cellco to inaugurate commercial 4G services, it has announced.

With the Ministry of Communications (MoC) having revealed it would allow a number of the nation’s existing cellcos to offer limited 4G services with immediate effect last month, Cellcom has confirmed that it is now using a 5MHz block in the 1800MHz frequency band that it already holds for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. In announcing the launch, the cellco noted that it will continue ‘the rapid deployment of the network in order to achieve a wide and high quality deployment by the end of the year’.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in mid-July 2014 Partner Communications, which offers services under the Orange banner, became the first of Israel’s mobile network operators to inaugurate its 4G infrastructure, also using a 5MHz block of 1800MHZ spectrum , with its customers with compatible handsets able to access the increased downlink speeds offered by the new technology at no extra cost.

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