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Israel’s Bezeq Fined for Failure to Sell Wholesale Phone Service

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The logo of Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecom group, is seen outside its headquarters in Tel Aviv, June 21, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen / File.

Bezeq Israel Telecom said on Sunday it received notice of an 11.2 million shekel ($3 million) fine from the country’s telecoms regulator for failure to sell wholesale landline phone service to competitors.

“The company is studying the decision and weighing the filing of a petition against it,” Bezeq said in a statement.

The fine, Bezeq said, was “for breach of provisions in connection with implementation of a wholesale telephony service.”

As part of a sector reform that created a wholesale market, Bezeq in 2015 was ordered to allow competitors to use its telephony infrastructure. Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecoms company, appealed the decision to no avail.

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The Communications Ministry, which threatened the fine a year ago, ordered Bezeq in June to make its telephony service available for leasing by smaller competitors by August.

Bezeq has argued the move would have a negative impact on its financial results.

Bezeq is one of two companies in Israel providing telecoms infrastructure nationwide, although it is the main player.

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