MoC begins consulting on policy options for copper network switch-off

21 Sep 2022

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has launched a consultation on possible policy principles related to the switch-off of the country’s legacy copper infrastructure. In its consultation paper the ministry notes that there are a number of possible regulatory actions that it could take regarding copper network closures, and as such it has called for feedback from interested parties on matters including the conditions for granting permission to stop selling both retail and wholesale copper-based services in areas where fibre networks have been deployed. Other topics of discussion include: the possible impact of copper shutdowns on the wholesale market; and the timeline for notification of copper network closures to subscribers.

With a deadline of 24 November 2022 has been set for submissions to the consultation, local fixed line incumbent Bezeq has already confirmed it is reviewing the matter and intends to submit a response to the MoC.