Israel - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Israel - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Israel boasts a highly developed economy and one of its major sectors revolves around high technology products, primarily used in the medical, biotechnology, agricultural, materials and military industries. Israel also attracts investment in its cyber-security industry and has established itself as a hub for thousands of start-up companies.
To underpin these advanced developments; Israel is developing a robust telecoms sector. It has a high household internet penetration rate, almost all of which are broadband connections and fibre-network deployment is well underway, led by the Israel Broadband Company (IBC).
Coverage of 4G in Israel is significant and the regulator is forging ahead with a planned auction of 5G spectrum. The regulator has offered financial incentives to encourage operators to participate. The operators have also seen a flurry of merger and acquisition activity over the last 6 or so months, with the outcome seeing Golan Telecom acquire Cellcom (to be finalised by the end of 2020).
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.
Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report. The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators.

Key developments:

Israel is considered a leader in new technology.
The mobile operators experienced a decline in revenues in 2020 due to COVID-19.
To facilitate contact tracing during COVID-19; an emergency law was enacted which would allow them to use mobile phone data from citizens for tracking and tracing purposes.
Bezeq and HOT are both subject to broadband universal service obligations which has resulted in fixed broadband being available to 99% of all households.
This report includes assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

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 – 2020
  • Country overview
    • Table Israel – Real GDP growth and inflation – 2020 - 2021
    • Table Israel - evolution of GDP and inflation in Israel – 2014 – 2019
  • COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
    • ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS AND RESPONSES
    • MOBILE DEVICES
    • SUBSCRIBERS
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
    • IMPACT ON ISRAEL
  • Telecommunications market
    • OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • Regional Middle East market comparison
    • INTRODUCTION
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
  • Regulatory environment
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • FIXED-LINE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Privatisation of Bezeq
      • Earlier privatisation attempts
      • Telecom sector liberalisation in Israel
      • 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
    • MOBILE NETWORK DEVELOPMENTS
      • Connection charges
      • Licensing
      • LTE spectrum
      • 5G spectrum
      • Roaming
      • MTRs
      • Early termination fee reduction
      • MNP
      • Network sharing
  • Mobile market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Israel - major mobile operators' monthly mobile ARPU – 2013 – 2020
      • Merger activity 2019/2020
    • 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 – 2009 – 2024
        • Table 4G LTE adoption- 2016; 1H 2018
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G LTE
      • 3G
      • GSM
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Cellcom
        • Table Cellcom – consolidated revenue – 2009 – Q1 2020
        • Table Cellcom – mobile subscribers and ARPU – 2009 – 2019
      • Partner Communications Company
        • Table Partner – revenue and operating profit – 2009 – 2019
        • Table Partner – mobile subscribers, churn and monthly ARPU – 2009 – 2019
      • Pelephone (Bezeq)
        • Table Pelephone – revenue – 2010 – Q1 2020
        • Table Pelephone – mobile subscribers and monthly ARPU – 2008 – 2020
      • HOT Mobile
        • Table HOT Mobile – revenue and EBITDA – 2017 – Q2 2019
        • Table HOT Mobile – mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2018
      • Golan Telecom
    • MVNOS
      • Historical background
      • Recent developments
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • 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 2020
      • Table Average bundled broadband speed per retail Bezeq customer – 2009 – Q1 2020
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Israel - fixed broadband subscribers – Cable, DSL and FttH/B - 2011 – 2017
    • FIBRE NETWORKS
      • Unlimited (Israel Broadband Company)
      • Fixed wireless (WiFi)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Israel - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Fixed network operators
    • INTRODUCTION
    • BEZEQ
      • Table Bezeq revenue and EBITDA – 2009 – 2019
    • HOT TELECOM
    • 013 NETVISION (CELLCOM)
    • 012 SMILE TELECOM (PARTNER)
    • XFONE 018/MARATHON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • International infrastructure
    • SUBMARINE CABLE NETWORKS
    • SATELLITE NETWORKS
      • AMOS/Spacecom Satellite Communications
  • Smart infrastructure
    • M2M/IOT
    • SMART GRIDS
    • START-UPS
  • Digital economy
    • E-BANKING
  • 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 – 2008
    • 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
  • Glossary of abbreviations
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