Thursday, 8 January 2009

MIRS mulling MVNO service instead of WiMAX – Israel

According to Globes Online, MIRS, a wireless telecommunications company in Israel and a subsidiary of Motorola, is re-examining its plan of rolling out WiMAX service in Israel. It is understood that the company is upset due to repeated delays by the Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) in drafting the WiMAX regulations.

According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, despite receiving approval for two trial WiMAX networks in Tel Aviv and Askelon in July 2008 from MoC, MIRS has still not been able to launch WiMAX services, as the regulator has not finalised dates for a full WiMAX tender. In February 2007, MoC announced its intention to license frequencies for WiMAX service but has not done so. As a result, MIRS is now understood to be mulling the option of launching an MVNO service in the country instead of the WiMAX service.