Israeli multi-service operators (MSOs) Cellcom and Partner Communications are reportedly pressing ahead with their ongoing discussions regarding a possible cooperation related to fibre broadband provision. According to Globes Online the two MSOs have moved talks on to negotiate common use of the infrastructure operated by Israel Broadband Company (IBC) – the firm which last month, Cellcom agreed to acquire a 70% stake in. Furthermore, it is understood that the talks between the parties have evolved to include consideration of an option for Partner to become a collaborator in IBC itself.
The announcement represents the latest stage in fibre-related talks between Cellcom and Partner. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2017 the former confirmed that it was negotiating a cooperation agreement with Partner for the deployment of fibre-optics by both companies, whereby each party would be entitled to purchase services over the other’s network in order to connect residential premises. The tie-up is designed to allow both companies to avoid duplicated future deployment, as well as allow for a reduction in the costs associated with the fibre rollouts being carried out by the pair.