Cellcom Reaches Agreements with Partner Communications for Network
Israel’s telecom operator Cellcom Israel Ltd (CIL) is in negotiations with another telecom operator Partner Communications Company Ltd (PCCL) or Partner for deploying a common fiber optic network and sharing it by both firms. The legal terms of the long-term agreement states that each party will be entitled to purchase from time to time, as per its needs and at its sole discretion, fiber optic infrastructure services (including Indefeasible Right of Use – IRU) in the other party’s present and/or future fiber optics infrastructure in order to connect residential buildings throughout Israel.
The co-operation agreement after conclusion and execution will allow the companies to avoid duplicated future deployment, as well as allow the Company to reduce costs while improving its ability to provide quality services. The agreement is for mutual benefit and at the same time will ensure effective utilization of the network infrastructure in the country. The joint network build and operate idea is not new in the market and similar kind of network sharing has been reported from many countries.
Online sources from Israel reports that the finalization of the agreement is subject to further negotiations between the parties and if concluded, the execution of the agreement will be subject to the required regulatory approvals. There is no assurance that the negotiations will be concluded nor that regulatory approvals will be received or that the agreement will be executed. Simultaneously, CIL is exploring other ways to accelerate the deployment of an independent fiber optic infrastructure in Israel.
Cellcom Israel Ltd (CIL) was established in 1994 and is the largest Israeli cellular provider. The company provides its approximately 2.779 million cellular subscribers with a broad range of value added services including cellular telephony, roaming services for tourists in Israel and for its subscribers abroad and additional services in the areas of music, video, mobile office etc., based on CIL’s technologically advanced infrastructure. The Company operates an LTE 4 generation network and an HSPA 3.5 Generation network enabling advanced high speed broadband multimedia services, in addition to GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. Cellcom Israel offers Israel’s broadest and largest customer service infrastructure including telephone customer service centers, retail stores, and service and sale centers, distributed nationwide.
Through its broad customer service network CIL offers technical support, account information, direct to the door parcel delivery services, Internet and fax services, dedicated centers for hearing impaired, etc. CIL also provide OTT TV services (as of December 2014), Internet infrastructure (as of February 2015) and connectivity services and international calling services, as well as landline telephone communication services.