Feeds

Palestinian network launches without spectrum

If Tony says it's alright, what could possibly go wrong?

Security for virtualized datacentres

Palestine network Wataniya has gone ahead with a commercial launch, relying on Tony Blair's assurances that Israel will release the needed radio spectrum very soon.

The launch of the network was in doubt, as Israel hadn't handed over 1MHz of radio spectrum - split in to two lumps - which is critical to the expansion of Wataniya. The operator has decided to launch with what it's got and hope that Tony can sort it out before the additional spectrum is needed.

Wataniya Mobile was supposed to launch in Palestine back in October, but Israel's insistence on hanging onto the two slivers of spectrum raised the possibility of the launch being cancelled. This would probably see Wataniya asking for its $140m licence payment back, not to mention refusing to pay the remaining $215m licence fee and trying to claim back the $100m it's sunk into building the network.

But now the company has decided to go ahead with the launch, despite not having enough radio spectrum for a full-scale service, on the basis that the 3.8MHz of spectrum the company has got is enough for a slow roll-out in the short term.

The company isn't worried, as it explained to PolicyTracker. This is because Tony Blair, official representative of the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet*, has assured them that the spectrum will be released "in the near future", apparently having received such assurances from Israel.

So while Wataniya is now on the air in Palestine, its future is based on Tony Blair's promises about what Israel has promised. ®

* Comprising the UN, the US, the EU and Russia

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.