Ammar Aker, CEO, Paltel. Ammar Aker, CEO, Paltel.

Paltel, the incumbent telecom operator in Palestine, is planning to invest a combined sum of about $50 million in its fixed and mobile networks in 2013, the company’s CEO told CommsMEA.

The firm will probably invest between $15-20 million in its mobile network, with $30-35 million earmarked for fixed-line infrastructure, including the expansion of its fibre network, according to Ammar Aker, CEO, Paltel.

Paltel recently gained most of the approvals required from Israeli authorities to expand its mobile network along main roads in Area C zones of the West Bank, and the telco hopes to start deploying the network infrastructure soon, Aker said.

The West Bank was divided into areas A, B and C by Israel. Area C accounts for almost 65% of the West Bank and is fully controlled by the Israeli authorities.

“We applied for 65 sites, but we will start with 10-12 immediately,” Aker said during a telephone interview from Ramallah.

The new sites will be along main roads including the road from Jerusalem to Ramallah and Jericho, which also leads to the Jordanian border. Coverage will also be extended to the road from Ramallah to Hebron.

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