With Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) having announced the start of the final phase of its tender for 5G-suitable spectrum, local mobile network operator (MNO) Pelephone has claimed it is ready to begin offering the next generation of mobile broadband connectivity commercially as soon as it receives frequencies. In a press release, the MoC confirmed the start of bidding for the spectrum on offer in a dynamic pricing process, with this to be followed by a static pricing process which will commence one day after the initial bidding phase concludes. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the regulator is offering frequencies in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 2600MHz and 3.5GHz (3500MHz-3800MHz) bands in the tender.
In response to the progression of the sale process, meanwhile, the MNO has been swift in announcing its readiness to offer a commercial 5G service, revealing a range of new tariffs under the Pelephone+ banner, including one – ‘5G MAX’ – which offers a monthly data usage allowance of 500GB for ILS59 (USD17) per month. According to the cellco, it has already deployed ‘hundreds’ of sites capable of offering connectivity in the 700MHz band, while also claiming to have the largest number of cell sites which can offer 5G using the 3.5GHz band. It plans to switch of its 5G network as soon as it receives the requisite frequencies.