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.
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.
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