Cellcom Israel raises infrastructure and regulatory concerns ahead of IPTV launch

Israeli telco Cellcom Israel is making progress with preparations to launch its own IPTV service in the country, and has already closed several content contracts, but sees a number of infrastructure and regulatory impediments which are yet to be overcome, according to local financial daily Globes.

The report states that Cellcom Israel has presented its television service to Minister of Communications Moshe Kahlon, which is based on a solution provided by project integrator Ericsson, and adds that Cellcom has already closed content contracts with some leading studios, including Warner Bros.

However, the company also raised several issues with the Minister, which it considers to be “conditions for a launch”, according to Globes. These include a demand to cancel payments for using Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication and HOT Telecommunication Systems infrastructures, and reservations about the ministry’s perceived protection of HOT.

Cellcom is quoted as saying that in order to launch its TV service, it must also have improved DTT coverage (using the Idan+ network), which indicates that it is considering launching a hybrid DTT+IP offer, rather than a “pure” managed IPTV service.

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