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Supreme Court Judge Edna Arbel has suspended a request by Bezeq's Internet company Bezeq International to force the Communications Ministry to grant it a license to operate fixed line telephone service using voice over broadband (VOB) technology, the ministry said Monday.
The ministry said it proposed extending the Internet company's experimental marketing license period in order to prevent concerns from Bezeq International that it would immediately lose the 8,500 customers it recruited for the testing phase.
The ministry said the judge ruled that the company did not yet meet the requirements for a full license and that extending the marketing permit, until a final decision was made, was sufficient to her.
Separately, parent company Bezeq appealed to the Communications Ministry to change its policy to allow its satellite TV unit Yes to offer video on demand (VOD) services.
The ministry said last month it had submitted a draft proposal to increase competition in the multi-channel TV arena by expanding the service to YES and other contractors.
Currently, only subscribers to cable company HOT have access to VOD, which allows viewers to buy a movie, sports event or other requested programming in real-time through their televisions.