MoC fines HOT over failure to comply with wholesale market provisions

21 Jan 2021

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has fined HOT Telecom ILS6 million (USD1.8 million) for failing to properly comply with the provisions of the country’s wholesale market reform. In a press release regarding the matter, the watchdog said that it had found ‘HOT Telecom’s conduct did not allow for normal wholesale market activity on its network, in a manner that, in effect, led to the exclusion of competitors from its network and to the deterrence of the development of competition’. According to the MoC, while regulated tariffs for wholesale services were set during 2017, HOT began providing such access only during 2018, while the regulator claimed that even after doing so, ‘complications that did not enable service providers to provide proper services to consumers, were detected’.