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Israel: Antitrust Authority blocks telecom plans hours after Ministry of Communications approval

 |  November 7, 2012

Just hours after Israel’s Ministry of Communications approved Bezeq Israeli Telecommunications Co. Ltd. to market its triple-play plan through DBS Satellite Services Ltd., the Antitrust Authority intervened to halt the deal. DBS was looking to market television, telephony and Internet services at a fixed price and was approved to by the Ministry of Communications under the condition the company would give consumers the option of buying just one part of the deal separately at the same price. The Antitrust Authority put a stop to the plan, however, hoping that DBS Satellite and Bezeq would compete against each other. This was also the Authority’s reasoning for rejecting a proposal by the two companies to merge several years ago.

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