Cellphone companies petition High Court over lower fees

November 14, 2010 17:12

Mobile telephone companies Cellcom and Partner (Orange) petitioned the High Court on Sunday to prevent the Communications Ministry from reducing users' cellphone usage fees that is set to enter into effect beginning in January of 2011.

Partner claimed in its petition to the Court that the new proposed tariff rate for carrying conversations between different phone networks of seven agorot (NIS 0.07) would be the lowest such rate across the globe. Army Radio stated that Partner's petition alleged that the new proposed rate was approved by the communications ministry despite the recommendations of outside consultants hired by the ministry to examine the issue.

Army Radio also reported that the remaining major cellphone provider in the Israeli market, Pelephone, is expected to file its own petition with the High Court in response to the proposed tariff reduction on Monday.

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