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The US cellular operator Sprint Nextel has been given twelve months to shut down its Nextel iDEN networks in territories served by affiliate operator iPCS. Sprint and iPCS have been arguing for years over the future of the iDEN mobile data networks; iPCS says the systems contravene the affiliate agreement it has with Sprint which says the larger firm cannot compete with iPCS in its exclusive service areas. iPCS has won a number of court decisions over the past two years, but the latest final order by an Illinois Circuit Court means Sprint has no choice but to close down or sell the offending systems. Sprint and iPCS are also arguing over Sprint’s WiMAX wireless broadband networks, which the affiliate claims also breaks their exclusivity agreement.
Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has announced that it will allow the entrance of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to the country’s wireless sector. The MoC said that after considerations of reports it had requested from international analysts it believes that the introduction of MVNOs will increase competition in the market. It has revealed that several operators have already expressed an interest in the service model; earlier this month Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) wireless trunking operator MIRS Communications announced it would consider MVNO options rather than a full network launch. The MoC has reportedly prepared a draft of the new regulations, including the main conditions and requirements for MVNO applicants. It has invited comments from industry players and other relevant parties; no date has been announced for the framework’s implementation. Commenting on the proposals Ariel Attias, the minister of communications, said, ‘The entry of additional operators to the mobile sector will change the game and will alter the balance that has prevailed among the companies in the recent years; any step taken to increase the competition in this sector, ultimately assists in reducing prices for the consumer, mainly in the private sector.’
Sprint Nextel subsidiary Boost Mobile has confirmed it is working to transfer all of its subscribers to iDEN over time. At present Boost will still support CDMA products but will no longer promote them. In an aggressive move earlier this month the MVNO, running on Sprint’s smaller Nextel network, launched a USD50 per month unlimited mobile package.
Israeli integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) operator MIRS is reconsidering its plans to roll out a WiMAX network in the country. MIRS is understood to have become frustrated with repeated delays by Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) to draft WiMAX regulations. As an alternative the operator is believed to be mulling new operations as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). MIRS received approval from the MoC for two trial WiMAX networks in Tel Aviv and Askelon in July 2008. However, the regulator has still not finalised dates for a full WiMAX tender, despite having originally announced its intention to licence frequencies back in February 2007.