Cellcom, Partner discuss nationwide fibre cooperation

21 Nov 2017

Israel’s Cellcom has revealed that it is holding negotiations with rival Partner Communications Company over a potential long term cooperation agreement for the deployment of fibre-optic infrastructure, whereby each party would be entitled to purchase connectivity on the other party’s present and/or future fibre infrastructure in order to connect residential buildings throughout the country. Partner noted that any agreement, if concluded and executed, would allow both companies to avoid duplicated future deployment and reduce costs. The finalisation of a deal, however, remains subject to further discussions between the two operators and any final agreement would still be subject to regulatory approvals.

With Cellcom in its press release regarding the matter noting that there is no assurance that the negotiations will be concluded, nor that regulatory approvals would be received if an agreement was reached, it has said that it is also continuing to explore ‘other ways to accelerate the deployment of an independent fibre infrastructure’.