Israel Electric Company Begins Internet Infrastructure Test Projects

Communications minister Moshe Kahlon, on Tuesday, authorized the Israel Electric Corporation to set up two pilot programs that would enable the IEC to become an internet infrastructure provider. One project would have the IEC set up an infrastructure for Fiber to the x (FTTx) connections, providing far faster internet connections than are available today in Israel, while the second project would set up a cell-based connection system.

Kachlon said that “there are already hundreds of thousands of kilometers of optical wiring around the country. The IEC has about 2,500 kilometers, with the rest belonging to the National Roads Authority of Israel and Israel Railways. I have spoken about this with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and we want to encourage this competition in the area of internet infrastructure.”

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