Antitrust Commissioner approves Cellcom/Pelephone cooperation agreement

10 Jul 2015

Israeli mobile market leader Cellcom has confirmed that its proposed cooperation agreement with rival Pelephone related to the maintenance services for passive elements of cell sites has been approved by the Israeli Antitrust Commissioner.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in September 2014 Cellcom announced that it had entered into a cooperation agreement with Pelephone, with the deal including unifying passive elements and streamlining costs through a common contractor. At that time the operator said that the contractor – to be selected by request for proposals (RFP) process – would enter into separate agreements with each of the cellcos, for a period of at least five years.

Now it has been revealed that the competition watchdog has approved the cooperation agreement for a ten-year period, while it is also understood that the deal is subject to certain conditions, though these were not disclosed by Cellcom.

Israel, Cellcom, Pelephone