Bezeq fined for hindering rival’s fibre rollouts using its passive infrastructure

5 Sep 2019

Israeli fixed line incumbent Bezeq has reportedly been fined by the Israel Competition Authority (ICA) for restricting access to its passive infrastructure to rival providers. According to Globes Online the competition watchdog has levied a ILS30 million (USD8.5 million) fine on Bezeq, claiming that the telco had created barriers for alternative operators that had sought to deploy a fixed line network using the incumbent’s passive infrastructure. With the penalty said to have been levied after an exhaustive two-year examination by the ICA, the watchdog claimed that Bezeq’s actions had harmed competition by preventing rival operators, such as Cellcom and Partner Communications Company, from deploying fibre-optic infrastructure quickly and efficiently.