Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has reportedly fined Golan Telecom a total of ILS31 million (USD8.2 million) for violating the terms of its licence agreement. According to Haaretz, the regulator has determined that, instead of completing the rollout of its own infrastructure as required by its concession, Golan has pulled down most of the base stations it had constructed as it is now offering services over rival Cellcom’s network. While the violation had initially been ignored by the authorities, it is understood that a decision by another of the nation’s cellcos, Partner Communications, to file suit in the High Court of Justice forced the MoC to examine the matter. In announcing its ruling, the ministry has claimed that Golan’s actions had meant other operators had to cut spending on their own infrastructure in order to remain competitive.
In response to the development Golan Telecom has reportedly confirmed it will appeal the decision, with the operator has raised issue particularly with the level of the fine, noting that ‘Bezeq, Hot, Cellcom, Partner and Pelephone were never fined more than ILS8 million’ for any violation.