Israel considering number transferability between mobile and fixed lines

8 Aug 2016

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) is considering abolishing the separation between mobile and fixed line telephone numbers, Globes reports. According to the local press outlet, the ministry has published a request for information (RFI), calling on the nation’s telecommunication companies to comment on the advantages and disadvantages of making telephone numbers transferrable between mobile and fixed line. It has been suggested that mobile network operators could support such a development as it would make it easier to market services for business users by combining a single number for both fixed and mobile voice offerings. It is expected that fixed line incumbent Bezeq and cableco HOT Telecommunication Systems will respond less favourably to the proposals, on the assumption that it could prompt fixed line customers in the business sector to opt for a mobile solution while still being able to retain a long-held, and possibly well-known, telephone number.