RegulationAnnulment of Early Termination Fees - In March 2012, the previously reported bill proposing to completely annul Early Termination Fees in relation to new cellular customers with less than a certain number of phone lines, was enacted by the Israeli parliament and will apply retroactively as of November 2011. In addition, this law also prohibits cellular operators to make any linkage between a cellular services transaction and a handset purchase transaction, including by way of offering airtime rebates or refunds for handsets, as of January 1, 2013.
- The wholesale market's tariffs and terms of agreement shall be agreed through negotiations between the owners of the wireline infrastructure (Bezeq and Hot) and the other operators. An infrastructure owner that reaches an agreement with such other operator, shall be obligated to offer the same terms, without discrimination, to all operators, including its affiliates. The Ministry of Communications shall intervene in the negotiations or in the terms of the agreement between the parties in case an agreement has not been reached within six months from the date of the policy document or in case the agreement between the parties includes terms that may harm the competition or the public. In addition, the Minister may intervene in a retail tariff that was set by the owner of wireline infrastructure or its affiliate that harms the competition, through changing of the wholesale tariff.
- The structural separation between an owner of wireline infrastructure and its international landline operator and internet service provider affiliates shall be annulled within nine months from the date of execution of an agreement between such owner of wireline infrastructure and other operator and shall be replaced by an accounting separation. The Minister shall consider providing leniencies in relation to or annulment of the structural separation between an owner of wireline infrastructure and its cellular operator affiliate according to the pace of development of a wholesale market and the state of competition in the market. In case an effective wholesale market does not develop within twenty four months from the date of the policy document, the Ministry of Communications shall act to impose a structural separation in the owners of the wireline infrastructure between the infrastructure and the services provided through this infrastructure.
- The Minister of Communications shall consider to annul the structural separation in relation to television broadcasting services if there is a reasonable possibility to provide a basic package of television services through the internet. The Minister of Communications shall consider imposing a requirement to provide television broadcasting services for the same price within a package of telecommunications services and separately.