Israeli communication minister finalises legislation to abolish interconnection fees

27 Jun 2022

Plans to phase out interconnection fees for both mobile and fixed voice services in Israel have been finalised, with the communications minister Yoaz Handel formally signing the new legislation. In a press release regarding the matter, the Ministry of Communications (MoC) claimed the gradual abolition of interconnections fees will, among other things: reduce the phenomenon of ‘call and disconnect’, which mainly impacts ultra-Orthodox sector; and encourage lower prices to fixed voice numbers.

As per the new legislation, interconnection fees will be gradually reduced over a three-year period, prior to their eventual elimination by the end of 2025, following which the country’s telecoms operators will move instead to a ‘bill and keep’ model.

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