News: US-based hardware vendor Cisco is planning to partner with Israeli mobile network operator Pelephone, a subsidiary of local incumbent fixed-line firm Bezeq, for developing and deploying a radio network topology to cater to the rise in demand for mobile internet services. As part of the deal, Cisco will test what it claims to be the world's first self-optimising heterogeneous configuration combining small-cell, Wi-Fi and macro technologies. The test will be conducted on Pelephone's live production network.
BMI View: The enhancement of mobile internet capacity will help cater to the rising demand for mobile services in Israel. BMI estimates that there will be 10.2mn mobile subscribers in 2013 and expects the total to rise 4.7% by 2017 to 10.7mn. During this period penetration will decrease from 130.7% to 129%.