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Israel - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Israel - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Investment in Israel's telecoms infrastructure under the spotlight
Israel has a highly developed telecoms sector with wide coverage of fixed broadband services as well as both 3G and 4G mobile broadband available. In 2017 however, the recently appointed Communications Minister expressed concern that the highly competitive mobile market had caused operators profits to decline and this in turn was driving down the investment directed towards developing and updating infrastructure. This may create problems if the infrastructure cannot keep up with future demand.
Israel offers a highly competitive mobile sector, with five operators all competing for customers who enjoy cheap 3G mobile services. While 4G coverage in Israel is significant, the adoption of such services remains below 20% and this has been partly attributed to the prohibitive cost of services and devices.
Israel has a very high household internet penetration rate, almost all of which are broadband connections. There are a number of competing broadband platforms the DSL and fibre network of fixed-line incumbent Bezeq, the HFC network of HOT and the fibre network from Partner. Bezeq and HOT are both subject to broadband universal service obligations which has resulted in fixed broadband being available to 99% of all households.
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 the high-tech sector 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. Recently Israel turned its attention towards the opportunities presented by the growing cyber-security sector.

Key developments:

There are concerns being raised that telecoms infrastructure investment is falling behind in Israel.
The regulator recently approved a network sharing and hosting deal between Cellcom and Electra (which is acquiring Golan Telecom).
In mid 2017 the Israel Securities Authority launched an investigation into Bezeq regarding possible securities law violations.
In mid-2016 both Cellcom and Partner were given approval by the MoC to purchase a controlling stake in Israel Broadband Company (IBC).

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Bezeq, Bezeq International, Pelephone, HOT Telecom, HOT Mobile, Cellcom, 013 NetVision, Partner (Formerly Orange), 012 Smile, Xfone, Golan Telecom (Electra Communications), Israel Broadband Company (IBC).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • Table Evolution of GDP and inflation in Israel - 2012 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • PRIVATISATION OF BEZEQ
      • Earlier privatisation attempts
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN ISRAEL
      • Liberalisation begins
      • Early moves towards fixed-line market liberalisation
      • Kroll Committee
      • Licences awarded to cable TV companies
      • Further competition in the international calls market
      • New domestic voice service licences and Bezeq's reaction
      • Licensing of VoIP/VOB
      • Interconnect
      • Gronau Commission
      • Hayek Commission
      • Alternative fibre network operator
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • NET NEUTRALITY
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • BEZEQ
      • Table Bezeq revenue and EBITDA - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Bezeq fixed access lines and monthly ARPL - 2003 - Q2 2016
    • HOT TELECOM
      • Table HOT fixed voice, TV and internet subscribers - 2009 - 2014
      • Table HOT financial data - 2012 - 2014
    • 013 NETVISION (CELLCOM)
    • 012 SMILE TELECOM (PARTNER)
    • XFONE 018/MARATHON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • M2M/IoT
      • Smart grids
      • Smart cities
    • WHOLESALE
      • Overview
  • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users and penetration - 1997 - 2016
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2017
      • Table Bezeq fixed broadband subscribers and ARPU - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Average bundled broadband speed per Bezeq customer - 2007 - 2015
      • Table PC penetration - 2002 - 2015
      • Table International internet bandwidth - 2005 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
    • FIBRE NETWORKS
      • Fixed wireless (WiFi)
    • COMPETITION ISSUES
      • Wholesale
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Start-ups
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-BANKING
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-EDUCATION
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • Introduction
    • ADVERTISING
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table YES revenue and profit - 2007 - 2016
      • Table YES subscribers, market share, and ARPU - 2004 - 2016
    • ON LINE GAMING AND GAMBLING
    • VOIP
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Major mobile operators' market share by subscribers - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Major mobile operators' mobile ARPU- 2013 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband statistics
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2017
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • BRIEF INTRO ANALOGUE NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • GSM
      • 3G
      • LTE
    • IOT AND M2M NETWORKS
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Connection charges
      • Licensing
      • LTE Spectrum
      • Roaming
      • MTRs
      • Early termination fee reduction
      • MNP
      • Network sharing
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Cellcom
        • Table Cellcom - Consolidated revenue and operating profit - 2005 - Q2 2017
        • Table Cellcom - mobile subscribers and ARPU - 2005 - Q2 2017
      • Partner Communications Company (formerly Orange)
        • Table Partner - revenue and operating profit - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Partner - subscribers and ARPU - 2005 - Q1 2017
      • Pelephone (Bezeq)
        • Table Pelephone - revenue and operating profit - 2003 - 2016
        • Table Pelephone - Subscribers and ARPU - 2005 - 2016
      • HOT Mobile
        • Table HOT Mobile - Subscribers- 2010 - Q2 2016
      • Golan Telecom (acquired by Electra in 2017)
    • MVNOS
      • Historical background
      • Current market
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-COMMERCE
    • M-ADVERTISING
    • M-TV
    • APPS
  • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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