An Israeli-Palestinian agreement has been reached on the assignment of radio frequencies for the exclusive use by Palestinian cellular operators as well as on a shared basis by Palestinian and Israeli operators.
“The Israeli-Palestinian Agreement to facilitate cellular phone operations is a major landmark in improving relations between the parties and will no doubt lead to the establishment of a modern and reliable telecommunication network for the Palestinian people,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “The spirit of cooperation and compromise demonstrated by those involved in reaching this agreement is highly appreciated by ITU.”
“ITU will continue to develop telecommunications networks and cellular services in Palestine and elsewhere in the region,” said François Rancy, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau.
Palestinian operators will be able to construct broadband cellular networks completely independent and separate from Israeli networks. Moreover, the operations of the Palestinian and Israeli broadband cellular networks will be regulated respectively by the Palestinian and Israeli authorities.
“I give my assurance that ITU will continue to work with the Palestinian and Israeli authorities to ensure better communications for ordinary citizens,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.