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Israel - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Israel - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mobile operators in Israel have increasingly felt the pressure from a highly competitive market, resulting in declining profits and revenue. Mobile ARPUs have dropped over the past few years for all the major operators, with the market accommodating six mobile operators.

In 2019 the government begun its tender process for 5G licensing; with the expectation that some operators may join together in the bidding process in order to meet the financial requirements.

While 4G coverage in Israel is significant, the adoption of such services remains low 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.DSL subscriptions hold the largest market share of fixed broadband subscriptions. Fibre-network deployment is well underway as well, led by the Israel Broadband Company (IBC). Bezeq and HOT are both subject to broadband universal service obligations which has resulted in fixed broadband being available to 99% of all households.

Interest in the high-tech sector is still a key growth area for Israel with many start-ups operating. Recently Israel turned its attention towards the opportunities presented by the growing cyber-security sector.

Key developments:

In 2019 the regulator launched a tender of 5G spectrum in the 700 MHz, 2600 MHz and 35003800 MHz bands.

In 2018 Israel gained a new mobile operator with 018 Xfone launching 4G mobile services under the We4G brand.

There are concerns being raised that telecoms infrastructure investment is falling behind in Israel.

In 2018 Bezeq was directed by the Ministry of Communications to begin offering wholesale telephony services.

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); Remi Levy, Mobile 019.


  • Executive summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Israel – 2019
  • Country overview
    • Table Israel - evolution of GDP and inflation in Israel – 2014 – 2019
  • Telecommunications market
    • OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • 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
    • WHOLESALE
      • Overview
  • Fixed network operators
    • INTRODUCTION
    • BEZEQ
      • Table Bezeq revenue and EBITDA – 2009 – Q1 2019
      • Table Bezeq fixed access lines and monthly ARPL – 2009 – Q2 2019
    • HOT TELECOM
    • 013 NETVISION (CELLCOM)
    • 012 SMILE TELECOM (PARTNER)
    • XFONE 018/MARATHON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Israel - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • M2M/IoT
      • Smart grids
  • Fixed broadband market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Israel - Internet penetration – 2009 – 2019
      • Table Israel - fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2024
      • Table Bezeq - fixed broadband lines and retail broadband ARPU – 2009 – Q1 2019
      • Table Average broadband speed per retail Bezeq customer – 2009 – Q1 2019
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Israel - fixed broadband subscribers – Cable, DSL and FttH/B - 2010 – 2017
    • FIBRE NETWORKS
      • Unlimited (Israel Broadband Company)
      • Fixed wireless (WiFi)
  • Digital economy
    • START-UPS
    • E-BANKING
  • Digital media
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
  • Mobile market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Israel - major mobile operators' monthly mobile ARPU – 2013 – 2018
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Israel - mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
        • Table Israel - major mobile operators' market share by subscribers – 2010 – 2017
      • Mobile broadband statistics
        • Table Israel - active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2010 – 2024
        • Table 4G LTE adoption- 2016; 1H 2018
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G LTE
      • 3G
      • GSM
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Connection charges
      • Licensing
      • LTE Spectrum
      • Roaming
      • MTRs
      • Early termination fee reduction
      • MNP
      • Network sharing
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Cellcom
        • Table Cellcom – consolidated revenue – 2009 – Q1 2019
        • Table Cellcom – mobile subscribers and ARPU – 2009 – Q1 2019
      • Partner Communications Company (formerly Orange)
        • Table Partner – revenue and operating profit – 2008 – 2018
        • Table Partner – mobile subscribers and monthly ARPU – 2008 – 2018
      • Pelephone (Bezeq)
        • Table Pelephone – revenue and operating profit – 2008 – Q2 2018
        • Table Pelephone – mobile subscribers and monthly ARPU – 2008 – Q1 2019
      • HOT Mobile
        • Table HOT Mobile – revenue and EBITDA – 2017 – Q2 2019
        • Table HOT Mobile – mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2018
      • Golan Telecom (acquired by Electra in 2017)
    • MVNOS
      • Historical background
      • Recent developments
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • Appendix – Historic Data
    • Table Historic – Israel - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2008
    • Table Historic – Israel - Internet users and penetration – 1995 – 2008
    • Table Historic - Israel - fixed broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2008
    • Table Historic - Israel - PC penetration – 2002 – 2005
    • Table Historic – Israel - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 – 2008
    • Table Historic - Cellcom – consolidated revenue – 2005 – 2008
    • Table Historic - Cellcom – mobile subscribers and ARPU – 2005 – 2008
    • Table Historic - Bezeq fixed access lines and monthly ARPL – 2003 – 2008
    • Table Historic - Pelephone – revenue and operating profit – 2003 – 2007
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