Israel’s Bezeq has announced the commercial launch of its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, calling it ‘Israel’s largest infrastructure project, which is being carried out along the length and breadth of the country’. In a press release regarding the matter, the operator said that around 250,000 premises across the country, ‘in the centre and periphery’, were already within reach of the network. With regards to its future rollout plans, meanwhile, it has stated that by the end of 2021 it expects around one million premises to be able to connect to the FTTP network, translating to around 40% of all households. Furthermore, it noted that in the first year alone, infrastructure will be deployed in ‘90 localities in the country’s centre and periphery, covering all types of buildings from high-rises to private homes’.
In the initial launch phase, Bezeq is offering downlink speeds of up to 1Gbps, with its top-tier infrastructure plan, which also offers upload speeds of 100Mbps, costing ILS119 (USD35.8) per month. However, the telco has set out its stall to boost speeds further, revealing its intention to introduce a service offering download rates of 2.5Gbps ‘within a few weeks’. Meanwhile, to mark the launch of the new network, it is offering a 50% discount on the installation fee for its FTTP-based service until 15 June 2021; installation fees start at ILS900, broken into 36 instalments of ILS25, depending on the type of property, with this reduced to ILS450 (36 instalments of ILS12.5) when factoring in the discount.
Commenting on the matter, Bezeq CEO Dudu Mizrahi said: ‘I am excited and happy to announce today the launch of Bezeq’s fibre-optic network. This is a day of celebration for Bezeq and for the State of Israel. Bezeq’s entry into the fibre-optic market will lead to a revolution in the industry, enabling 40% of Israeli households to enjoy browsing at ultrafast speeds by the end of the year. This is a development with far-reaching effects on the Israeli internet market and on the country’s economy as a whole.’