New cellphone network for Palestinians

Israel will allow the Palestinians to set up a new cellular phone network, Israeli defence officials said.

New cellphone network for Palestinians
Israel has four wireless networks, but the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have only one, which has operated since the 1990s with Israeli approval.

Israel controls all frequencies for cellular phones in the West Bank and Gaza.

Since 2000, Israel's defence ministry has turned down repeated Palestinian requests to establish a second cellular network to meet growing demand, the Israeli officials said.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak reversed that policy last week, the officials said Sunday, because Palestinians and Israelis are moving ahead with peace talks. Negotiations officially began last week in Jerusalem.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Barak's decision has not yet been officially announced.

Palestinians telecommunications officials were not available for comment.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Aralık 2007, 10:03
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