Israeli cable companies move forward to establish national inland

Israeli cable companies move forward to establish national inland

The Israeli cable companies took another step towards the establishment of a national inland telephony network in competition with Bezeq. According to Globes, joint cable companies subsidiary Hot Telecom published request for proposal (RFP) documents for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology equipment. The documents were delivered to 20 suppliers, including Nortel Networks, Cisco Systems, Terayon, Netcom System, and Gallery IP Telephony. Hot Telecom estimates the cost of the new system at $100 million over three years. The cost will be divided between Golden Channels, which owns 41% of Hot Telecom; International Television Holdings (Tevel) 32%; and Matav-Cable Systems Media (Nasdaq: MATV; TASE:MATV) 27%. Hot Telecom CEO Ram Belinkov said the tender was to choose an integrator for the cable companies telephony network, and the answers had to arrive within 60 days.

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