Cellcom and Golan discussing network access deal

17 May 2016

Cellcom, Israel’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has confirmed that, following the Ministry of Communication’s decision to oppose its acquisition of Golan Telecom, it has now entered into talks with its smaller rival related to a network access deal. Confirming the details of the talks via press release following reports in the local media, Cellcom noted that it and Golan are currently negotiating ‘an agreement which would, if finalised and approved by the regulators, allow Golan Telecom to continue to use [Cellcom’s] networks in the provision of its services.’ However, it stressed that any such deal would itself be subject to further agreements ‘which are yet to be reached’, adding that there was no certainty of this happening.