Israeli Authorities Likely to Block Network Sharing Agreements

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Israel's anti trust authority is expected to block a LTE infrastructure sharing agreement between several of the country's mobile networks.

The mobile networks, having been hit by the double-whammy of regulatory cuts and increased competition are looking to cut costs and have recently been signing network sharing deals.

Although its decision has not been made public, Globes is reporting that the anti-trust authority will block to deals on the grounds that they could reduce competition in the infrastructure side of the market to just two networks.

It wants more competition, but might accede to permitting sharing of the passive infrastructure, for a time limited period only.

Three networks, Cellcom, Pelephone and Golan Telecom announced plans to deploy a joint 4G network last December.

That followed a similar deal between Hot Mobile and Partner Communications in November.

On the web: Globes

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