The fifth generation frequency tender was only launched this morning, but Pelephone Bezeq has already announced that its future network is ready to operate, under the name Pelephone +.
According to the company, in recent months it has invested tens of millions of shekels in setting up the 5G connectivity network. The establishment included a network core and hundreds of Ericsson antennas spread across the country and supporting a 3.5 GHz frequency as well as the 700 MHz frequency currently ‘occupied’ by 4G networks. Therefore, the company says, as soon as the Ministry of Communications’ tender is completed and the frequencies are delivered, or at the latest on September 1, the network will be operational.
Pelephone already sells a number of phones that support the fifth generation network, including Xiaomi’s Mi 10, which costs NIS 2,999 on the company’s website, Poco F2 Pro for NIS 2,499 and the Huawei Router 5G cellular router for NIS 1,899. Later, Samsung’s and Apple’s 5G devices will also arrive in Israel.
Any customer with a device that supports the Pelephone network, as well as the virtual networks based on its infrastructure, which include Rami Levy Communications and the Cellact business network, will be able to enjoy the company’s 5G coverage in areas where it exists without having to switch to a dedicated route. Three special routes she defines as suitable for heavy consumers.The first is ‘Pelephone + 5G Gaming’, which will include a mobile line with a 200 GB surfing package, but games such as Minecraft, PUBG, Fortnite and others will not be considered as part of the package, at a price of NIS 49.90 per month. The second route is ‘Pelephone + 5G Max’ with a surfing package with a capacity of 500 GB at a price of NIS 59.90 per month, and the third is ‘Pelephone + 5G Sting TV’ with a surfing package with a volume of 200 GB and the series package of the Sting TV service at a price of NIS 69.90 per month.
The benefits of 5G have been talked about a lot, with the most basic and tangible being the significant upgrade in speed: in a test conducted by the company in its headquarters building this morning, it reached a download speed of almost 1.5 gigabits / second and an upload speed of about 50 megabits / second. The company noted that it is likely that the surfing speeds in the fourth generation will also increase as the fifth generation becomes more popular, due to the reduction of the load from the 4G network.