Is the wholesale market reform, which allows each company to offer you a unified package of infrastructure and supplier אינטרנט, Can you bring increased competition and real revolution in the Israeli Internet world? Probably, but it will take time
For those who are not really following the developments in the Internet market, we would like to mention that a little over a week ago, a change has begun to change the name of the wholesale market reform. The significance of this reform is that ISPs can offer, from now on, integrated communications packages that include Bezeq's infrastructure and supplier אינטרנט.
The first to hurry was 018 XFOX and-012 SMILE Who announced that the total cost for a 100M connection, infrastructure and power, is NIS 100. Bezeq sells 100M infrastructure for NIS 110 and plus the cost of a 20-to-30-shekel propulsion provider, the connection through the providers reflects savings of NIS 30 to NIS 40 per month.
Those who are interested in lower speeds will pay NIS 018 for a speed of 90M and NIS 40 for a speed of 80M with the 15 Expon. Smile 012 does not offer a speed of 40M, while the cost of a 15M package is NIS 90. At these speeds, consumer savings are estimated at about NIS 20 to NIS 30 per month.
At first glance, these providers' offers seem attractive but, as usual, you should read the terms and conditions accompanying them.
At 012 Smile, the prices listed above are valid for one year only, after which the price of connecting at a speed of 100M climbs to NIS 120 per month and to a speed of 40M, to NIS 110 per month. This price increase will erase, at least in 012 Smile, most of the savings mentioned.
Another point to consider is the issue of end equipment - the modem. Disconnecting from Bezeq and moving to one of the providers will require the customer to return the modem that was lent to him, with the response of Expon 018 and 012 Smile to this issue being partial and expensive.
In a conversation with an service representative of Expon 018, it became clear that the company does not sell or rent end equipment and that it directs its customers to private stores. In the free market today there is only one model of integrated modem Router Supports 40M and 100M speeds that cost about NIS 400. The installation and setup of this equipment will have to be performed by the customer himself with the telephone assistance of Expon 018.
In contrast, Smile 012 provides customers with an integrated modem Router The rental cost is NIS 10 per month for the Negev starting in the second year. Since Bezeq charges the same rent for its integrated modem starting from the third year only, in an overall calculation, the transition from Bezeq to 012 Smile will yield much smaller real savings.
It is likely that in the first days of the reform, the flash transition to the new providers will not be completely smooth and technical and bureaucratic difficulties will arise for them. The liaison office promises to keep a close eye on what is happening in the market and has even set up a special headquarters to deal with any questions and glitches that may be discovered.
The big question hanging in the air is the degree of readiness of existing customers flash Make a change for a small saving, that 018 does not produce real fruit immediately and that 012 Smile is short-lived.
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