Israel - Fixed-line Market, Broadband and Digital Media - Overview and Statistics
Israel's fixed line sector has recently undergone an important reform with the government opening up the market to wholesale rental. Traditionally, the incumbent Bezeq controlled most of the domestic fixed voice market in Israel and while it is still a dominant force; the market is now open to competition. Cable operator, Hot Telecom is Bezeq'a main competitor for fixed service market share. However in February 2015, the MoC announced broadband reform had come into effect and that telecom companies would be able to purchase Internet infrastructure from Bezeq and HOT Telecom at wholesale prices. This allows Israel's alternative operators to now also offer fixed voice, internet and television services.
Israel has developed worldwide recognition has a premier location for start-up incubation and a number of innovations have emerged from the country over the past few years. Interest in tech start-ups is still a key growth area for Israel with the US and China in particular setting up and investing in various research labs and solutions. The start-up sector is fuelling digital economy and digital media developments in Israel.
Israel's Antitrust Authority gave 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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