Gaza and the West Bank are set to get 3G technology, after Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement to introduce the long-awaited mobile network.
Israel said the decision was made after it concluded a security examination as well as other work with the Communications Ministry.
Palestinian mobile operators Paltel and Wataniya, still using 2G technology and losing money, want to offer 3G to meet surging demand for data bandwidth for social media applications.
3G is mobile phone technology that allows users to make calls, texts and access the internet. 2G allows calls and limited data transmission.
In the past, Israel has told Palestinians that there were not enough frequencies for 3G and that they should lease access to them from Israeli providers.
Earlier this year, Israel’s Communications Ministry allocated a number of high-speed 4G frequencies to Israeli mobile phone operators.