Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LTE Services Enabled in Israel - See my Speedtest Results

Earlier this week, Israel's Ministry of Communications allowed all existing MNOs to enable 4G/LTE services (here, Hebrew). 

The MNOs cannot charge subscribers for using LTE, nor they can't discriminate MVNOs or roamers using their networks.  

Partner Israel (using the Orange brand) announced that "As of  July 15, 2014, the Company will enable its customers that own handsets which support the 4G technology to benefit from advanced services based on this technology in areas in which the 4G network is already deployed, without any additional  payment for these services until the completion of additional frequencies allocation by the Ministry of Communications as part of the 4G frequencies tender that was published on July 2, 2014 [see "Ministry of Communications Publishes Tender to operate Fourth Generation Cellular Networks" - here]The allocation of the additional frequencies will enable the realization of the full 4G technology advantages" (see "Partner Communications announces the launch of 4G services in Israel" - here). 

I tested today Partner's performance in Tel-Aviv - Speedtest shows download speed of close to 100 Mbps - although I was probably the only user around. 

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