MoC calls for changes to network sharing agreement between Cellcom and Golan Telecom

30 Mar 2015

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has reportedly notified mobile network operator Cellcom that the network sharing agreements it had struck with one of the market’s newer operators, Golan Telecom, need ‘substantial changes’ before they are given regulatory approval. In a press release confirming the development, Cellcom said that it was now ‘studying the implications of such requested changes’, and will work with Golan to implement these with a view to gaining the MoC’s approval for the network deal between the two operators.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in September 2014 Cellcom announced that it had updated an existing 2G/3G indefeasible rights of use (IRU) agreement and 4G network sharing agreement with Golan Telecom. With the revised agreements valid for a ten-year period, they included ‘stipulations as to ownership and mutual IRU rights in the 4G radio equipment as well as the establishment of a joint venture for the joint operation of the 4G radio network’.