Bezeq fined over failure to introduce wholesale telephony service

3 Jan 2019

Israel’s Bezeq has confirmed that it has been handed an ILS11.16 million (USD3 million) fine by the Ministry of Communications (MoC) for ‘breach of provisions in connection with [the] implementation of a wholesale telephony service’. In response to the financial penalty, Bezeq is reportedly studying the decision and considering filing a petition to challenge the fine.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in June last year Bezeq was notified by the MoC that it must introduce a wholesale telephony service by 1 August 2018. At that date the regulator confirmed it saw no reason why a temporary arrangement with respect to the telco offering a resold telephony service should not be extended, and as such the telco was required to provide wholesale telephony services in the format prescribed in the ‘BSA – Bit Stream Access + Telephony’ service portfolio – from 1 August 2018.