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Pelephone Reopens LTE Tender Talks After Bidders Lower Prices

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Israel's Pelephone is reported to have reopened a LTE network tender which had been won by Ericsson after rival bidders lowered their prices.

Citing unnamed sources, Globes reported that Ericsson was told it had won the contract, estimated to be worth USD70 million about two weeks ago, but the sides hadn't signed the formal contract.

Since then, rival bidders, understood to be NSN and Alcatel-Lucent have lowered their bids for the contract.

Although it had agreed to offer the contract to Ericsson, the firm is said to have now backtracked and reopened negotiations with all three bidders.

The decision may be further complicated by an agreement that Pelephone signed with Cellcom and Golan Telecom to deploy a joint 4G network -- although that is still waiting for regulatory approval.

On the web: Globes

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