Supreme Court Judge Eliezer Rivlin on Wednesday forbade the Communications Ministry from granting a license to Bezeq International to enter the domestic Voice-Over-Broadband (VOB) market until the communications company reduces its share of the fixed-line market to 85 percent from its current 98% hold.
"After considering all of the relevant factors that would be best for the general public and an aid to competition in the communications market, I told the Communications Minister [Ariel Attias] that awarding Bezeq a permit to enter the VOB market at this time would be harmful," Rivlin said in issuing his decision.
The ruling leaves 012 as the sole VOB provider for domestic calls in Israel. It was the first to receive an experimental license for fixed line telephony through VOB, which it launched in August 2005 to a limited customer base of 7,500. Today, 012 has over 25,000 VOB customers across the country.