Israel’s Bezeq is said to have waived the option of having a secondary supplier for the 4G network being rolled out by its mobile unit Pelephone, according to Globes Online.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, back in April 2014 Bezeq revealed in a statement to the local stock exchange that it had contracted Swedish vendor Ericsson for the rollout of Pelephone’s LTE network. While no financial details of the deal were disclosed, the operator did reveal that the equipment provided by Ericsson would be LTE Advanced (LTE-A) compatible, with deployment to begin immediately.
In the wake of that announcement Bezeq said it was considering bringing in another supplier, but now it is understood that the telco has waived such an option. Having conducted a pricing procedure between bids made by Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Networks, before considering the Nokia bid against one from Ericsson in a final stage, it has now been confirmed that the latter will act as the sole vendor for Pelephone’s 4G network. In revealing the development, the parties noted that the latest agreement between Bezeq and the Swedish vendor represented an extension of the aforementioned April 2014 deal.
Commenting on this latest deal, Pelephone CEO Gil Sharon was cited as saying: ‘Pelephone is in the advanced stages of deploying its 4G network. We decided to continue with Ericsson as our sole vendor for the 4G network, too, as we did with 3G. This strategy proved itself when we set up the fastest and highest quality network in Israel, and that’s also our goal now.’