Israel approves one way roaming rules for new carriers

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Israel’s Communications Ministry has approved one-way roaming to help lower entry barriers for the new mobile carriers. The ministry published its decision on nationwide roaming, which regularizes the obligation of current mobile carriers to allow the two newly approved carriers to use their networks. The ministry reportedly decided that the roaming will be one-way. Current carrier Mirs Communications, which is …

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Mirs, 018 Xfone win mobile licence tender (Israel)

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Mirs Communications and 018 Xfone Telecom, have won the Ministry of Communications tender for two mobile operator licences and 3G spectrum. Mirs will reportedly pay US$206.27 million and 018 Xfone US$204.82 million, after beating Golan Telecom and Select Communications in the bidding. Golan Telecom is controlled by Xavier Niel, the founder of French operator Free, and Michael Boukozba, former CEO …

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Radwin rolls out high-capacity point-to-multipoint platform (Israel)

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Radwin has introduced the Radwin 5000 HPMP, a high-capacity OFDM/MIMO point-to-multipoint platform for last mile enterprise connectivity. According to the company, the Radwin 5000 HPMP offers a range of highlights including high base station capacity for the best user experience, greater spectrum efficiency for faster ROI (5bps/Hz), superb performance in harsh conditions in both licensed and unlicensed sub 6GHz bands …

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Peoplenet to launch new rates for international calls (Ukraine)

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Peoplenet will launch new rates for international calls from 10 April. Calls to fixed and mobile networks in Russia, Israel, Canada, China and the US will cost US$0.12 per minute. Calls to mobile networks in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Moldova will be billed at US$0.25 per minute and calls to fixed networks in these countries at US$0.37 per minute. Calls to …

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Pelephone selects MIND billing for MVNO platform (Israel)

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MIND CTI has announced it has been selected by Israeli operator Pelephone Communications to provide a billing platform for MVNOs. MIND provides Pelephone with an integrated billing and customer care system for full support of its MVNE (mobile virtual network enabler) operations. Since December 2010 Pelephone has been chosen as network supplier by a number of new carriers.

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Alvarion installs municipal WiMAX network in Huston (Israel, US)

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Alvarion has stated that it has deployed a municipal WiMAX network in the USA city of Huston. Based on the WiMAX network, the city is currently introducing traffic control in more than 3,500 locations throughout the city. City of Houston also plans to connect 400 water utility locations with the network, covering an area of approximately 640 square miles. The …

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Alon Holdings Blue Square announces signing of Mou with Partner Communications for launching MVNO services (Israel)

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Alon Holdings Blue Square – Israel Ltd. announces that in connection with the Company’s plans to enter the cellular communication market by becoming a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (“MVNO”), on March 23, 2011 – Alon Cellular Ltd. (“Alon Cellular”), a joint- venture company in which the Company holds indirectly 70.1%, signed an MOU with Partner Communications LTD. (“Partner”) for launching cellular services …

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Cellcom makes $241 million bid to acquire NetVision (Israel)

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Cellcom has reportedly offered to acquire its sister company, fixed line voice and broadband operator NetVision, for approximately US$421 million in cash. Both companies are subsidiaries of the IDB Holding conglomerate. According to Cellcom, NetVision has not responded yet to their proposal and they can provide no assurances that they will enter into any transaction. If an agreement is reached, …

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Apple’s IPad an overwhelming favorite among U.S. minority population

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13% of first-generation immigrants currently own a tablet device, representing approximately five million Americans, according to a survey by mobile VoIP network, Rebtel. According to a survey, the iPad reigns supreme as the preferred tablet device, with two-thirds of tablet owners choosing the device. French Americans claim the highest percentage of tablet owners (17%), followed by Mexican-Americans (15%), Nigerian-Americans, and …

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Pelephone inks second MVNO deal (Israel)

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Pelephone, the mobile subsidiary of Israeli fixed line incumbent Bezeq, has reportedly signed a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deal with retailer Rami Levi. The development comes after Pelephone became the first cell comapny to sign an agreement with a virtual operator in December 2010, when it agreed to allow a company called Free Telecom to use its network. Under …

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RIM makes lead commitment to BlackBerry Partners Fund II

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Research In Motion and the BlackBerry Partners Fund have announced that RIM is making a lead commitment to BlackBerry Partners Fund II, a new US$150 million independent venture capital fund, focused exclusively on mobile computing. BlackBerry Partners Fund II is expected to launch in June 2011 and will have a broader international mandate than the first Fund. According to Jim …

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HOT violated ISP licence terms: NetVision (Israel)

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Israeli telco NetVision has reportedly claimed that HOT Telecommunication Systems, which last month was granted an internet service provider (ISP) licence by the Israeli Ministry of Communications (MoC), has violated the conditions of its new concession. According to reports, NetVision has handed over documentation to the regulator which it alleges demonstrate that HOT has not only violated the structural separation …

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