Saturday, June 1, 2013

Israel: MNOs won’t Offload to Wi-Fi

Gad Peretz reports to Globes (here, Hebrew) that "Gilad Erdan [pictured], the Minister of Communications is going to ban Communication service providers from using unlicensed frequencies for Wi-Fi services. The decision follows a long public consultation process.

The reason for banning the use of Wi-Fi is spectrum shortage, and letting CSPs to use these frequencies will limit the public access to the internet. Nevertheless, municipalities and other public organizations will be allowed to offer free public Wi-Fi services".

Tel Aviv, Israel's main city, announced recently its intention to provide free Wi-Fi services along the city's main streets (here, deployed by Motorola Solutions).

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