Israel postpones 5G auction

25 Nov 2019

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has delayed a tender for 5G frequencies following requests for more time from potential bidders, Reuters reports. A spokesperson for MoC was quoted as saying the tender – originally due to take place on 24 November – would be postponed for two weeks, although ‘requests for further delays will be considered by the committee’. One of the requests to delay the process came from the country’s second-largest mobile provider Partner Communications, which cited a recent board shake up after several of its directors resigned last week.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the tender documents were published in July this year with spectrum in the 700MHz, 2600MHz, and 3500MHz-3800MHz bands to be made available. The MoC is also offering financial incentives of up to ILS500 million (USD144 million) to encourage the nation’s cash-strapped cellcos to participate in the auction, while bidders would also have the option of delaying payment for the licence until 2022.