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Israel's Partner Says Network is Ready for LTE Launch

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Israel's Partner Communications says that it has deployed LTE capabilities at hundreds of its base stations but cant activate the service until it is granted radio spectrum by the regulator.

Partner's CEO Haim Romano told a press conference that the company "prepared the network in the last upgrade, and we're the company with the fastest and most advanced network in Israel."

He said that the investment in the network had totaled NIS 650 million.

The company expects to have 260 sites ready for transmission next month, and 600 base stations will be LTE-ready by May.

Partner CTO Menachem Tirosh added that only 4G can handle rising data traffic, and that, within a few years, every car will have mobile access. Machine-to-machine (M2M) is becoming a reality, but for this to happen, "large bandwidth is needed, and mobile systems cannot currently handle customers' growing needs, which is why 4G networks must be launched as quickly as possible."

Partner, which trades locally under the Orange brandname, recently announced a Radio Access Network sharing agreement with Hot Mobile, although that is still subject to regulatory approval.

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