Israel - Fixed-line Market, Broadband and Digital Media - Overview and Statistics
Several companies provide fixed-line services in Israel. Nevertheless, the incumbent Bezeq still controls most of the domestic fixed voice market. Bezeq's main competitor is cable company HOT Telecommunication Systems, which supplies bundled packages including cable TV, broadband, and fixed telephony. Other competing companies provide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. In the broadband market, Bezeq is the country's only ADSL network operator and HOT is the only cable network operator. The same duopoly can be seen in Israel's pay TV market, where HOT is the only provider of cable TV while YES TV, owned by Bezeq, is the only provider of satellite TV.
The government has sold its final remaining 0.97% interest in Bezeq; Israel's Antitrust Authority has given Bezeq conditional permission to merge with its satellite TV affiliate YES; the existing structural separation between fixed-line network operators and their ISPs and international telephony affiliates is being replaced with accounting separation; the Israel Broadband Company (IBC) has launched a superfast internet service under the brand name Unlimited.
Companies covered in this report:
Bezeq, Bezeq International, HOT Telecom, 013 Netvision, 012 Smile Telecom, Xfone 018/Marathon Telecom, Israel Broadband Company, AMOS, Walla!, Nana 10, Yes TV.
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