Thursday, 18 December 2008

012 Smile partners with MIRS for WiMAX service – Israel

According to Globes online, top officials of 012 Smile Communications and MIRS Communications are in negotiations for setting up a joint mobile WiMAX network. Both the companies are waiting for the final WiMAX policy announcement from the Ministry of Communication. Smile Communications is controlled by Shaul Alovitz’s Eurocom Group through Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd. while MIRS Communications is owned by Motorola Inc.

According to Smile Communications, mobile WiMAX entry is required to counter other cellular operators’ entry into the Internet Service Provider (ISP) market. However, according to Smile, the feasibility of a nationwide WiMAX deployment is doubtful and a limited network together with MVNO operations is preferable.