Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has announced that fixed line incumbent Bezeq is to be permitted to boost the download speeds it offers for fixed broadband users, to 200Mbps, via the deployment of Vplus technology (also known as VDSL2 35b). In a press release, the MoC noted that the authorisation had been granted after it demonstrated it had established principles to ensure a ‘wide and diverse deployment between the districts and towns and villages throughout the country’. Further, Bezeq has been direct to ensure that the faster speeds are also made available on a wholesale basis.
For its part, meanwhile, Bezeq noted that – in accordance with the ministry’s approval – the service will be launched four months ‘after distribution of the service interface to the ISPs’. Additionally, the telco also confirmed that it has already integrated Vplus technology in ‘some’ of its sites, but said it plans to expand deployment in the coming period. However, it noted that this deployment would only be partial – covering around 230,000 potential subscribers – due to ‘the technology’s attributes’.