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Israel: Authorities to allow 4G network sharing deal

 |  March 31, 2014

Israel’s Antitrust Authority is set to approve of a proposed network sharing plan between wireless operators Partner Communications and Hot Mobile, reports say, but the companies will need to adhere to strict guidelines.

The companies are looking to strike a deal to share 4G spectrum as uncertainty looms over the industry’s access to frequencies. Local reports say the Authority is unsure of whether operators will face such a shortage, which would require network sharing.

Due to the uncertainty, Partner and Hot Mobile will have limitations placed on their partnership by April 7, though that date is flexible depending on whether operators face a frequency shortage.

The network sharing deal also raised questions about combining networks as Partner and Hot Mobile agreed to share both 3G and 4G spectrum.

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