Israel's Cellcom Warns of Regulatory Blocks to Network Sharing Agreements
Published on: 18th May 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Israel's Minister of Communications has published a policy for cellular network sharing following recent announcements by the mobile networks that they are looking to share their infrastructure.
Responding, Cellcom says that its preliminary view is that its passive sharing agreement with Pelephone, and its agreement to provide Golan Telecom access to its 2G and 3G radio networks, generally meet the policy's principles.
Cellcom added that some -- unspecified -- changes would need to be made to meet the new policy.
However, the agreement between the three mobile networks to build a joint LTE network are not likely to be approved by the regulator.
Cellcom said that it intends to continue its efforts to achieve network sharing and the goals it set out to achieve under the original network sharing agreements, including material savings in operating expenses and capital expenditures, which it expects to be mostly generated from the sharing of passive element.