JERUSALEM, April 30 Israeli mobile operator
Pelephone signed a deal with Sweden's Ericsson to
supply equipment and build a fourth-generation (4G) network, its
parent company said on Wednesday.
Bezeq Israel Telecom, which controls Pelephone,
said in a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange the LTE
network will also support 4.5G technology called LTE Advanced.
Pelephone, Israel's third-largest mobile operator, intends
to launch the network with hundreds of sites within three
months, subject to regulatory approval.
Israel's Communications Ministry has yet to allocate
frequencies for a 4G network.
Earlier this month, market leader Cellcom
chose Nokia Solutions and Networks, owned by Nokia,
for its 4G network.
(Reporting by Steven Scheer)